John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  135788    Port Number and Year: 1st in Montrose, 1919 (ME38)

                                                                                  -   -   Buckie, 1924 (BCK?)

                                                                                  -   -   Fraserburgh, 1928 (FR305)

                                                                                  -   -   Lowestoft, 1945 (LT110)

Description: Steel side drifter; steam screw, coal burning.


Built: 1916, by Dundee Shipbuilding, Dundee (Yard no. ?)

Tonnage: 94 grt  40 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.3 / 18.6 / 8.7

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 38 rhp by J. Abernethy & Co., Aberdeen




18 Sep 1919: William D. Johnston & Sons, 3 America St.,  Montrose.

Managing owner.


As BCK ?

1924: George McWilliam, East Church St., Buckie.

Manager: George Thompson Snr., 2 Carlton Terrace East, Buckie.



1928: Charles Tait, 'Hazel Cottage', Cairnbulg, Aberdeenshire.

Managing owner.

1939: Mrs. Christina Tait, 'Hazel Cottage', Cairnbulg, Aberdeenshire.

Manager: Charles Tait. [Same address.]


[Olsens 1938:  George Cardno & Others, Inverallochy.]


As LT110

1945:  Yolland & Llewellin, Docks, Milford


1946:  Cairo Fishing Co. (Yolland Bros.)., Docks, Milford

Manager: John Yolland


Landed at Milford: 25 Mar 1947 - 11 Sep 1954

Skippers: Fred Setterfield (1953)


Celurca, formerly Montrose, the "Mount of Roses", between Dundee and Aberdeen.

Invercairn is near Fraserburgh, N.E. Scotland.

Jun 1916:  Requisitioned as CELURCA and converted for hydro experiments (Admy.No.2748).

1919: Returned to owners.

Dec 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as INVERCAIRN and converted to anti-submarine vessel ( FY.288)

10 Jun 1940: 71st Anti-Submarine Group - anti-submarine drifters BRANCH (Ty Sk P J Bridge RNR), CRAIGROY (Sk B Pile RNR), CRANNOCK (Sk J Runcie RNR), FAWN (Ch Sk D More RNR), FISHER LAD (Sk A E Larner RNR), INVERCAIRN (Ch Sk G Stewart RNR), LOYAL FRIEND (Sk C G Spillings RNR), SUNNYSIDE GIRL (Sk A G Jenner RNR), THE PROVOST (Sk A S Matson RNR), WEST HAVEN (Sk J C Edwards RNR), all at Scapa Flow.

Nov 1945: Returned to owners.

1954: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 4th January 1946:


    Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin, joint owners of the biggest trawling fleet sailing out of Milford, have dissolved the partnership after ten years of highly successful working, during which time the fleet has increased from one to twenty-two trawlers.  The dissolution took effect from January 1st, and in future Messrs. Yolland will trade under the name Messrs. Yolland Brothers, while Mr. J. C. Llewellin takes a number of trawlers under his own name.


    Yolland Bros.:

Castle Class:  Tenedos, Mikasa, Lorraine, William Mannell, Montano and George Adgell.

Strath Class: Craigmillar and Anne Melville.

Drifters: Allochy, Overfall, Poseidon, Invercairn, Primevere, Mint, Furze, Lichen, Calliopsis and Cassiopeia.

    The Montano left Milford on Thursday (yesterday) for Fleetwood, while the George Adgell arrives in Milford within the next fortnight from Aberdeen.  Both Strath boats are at Milford, but the drifters will fish from Lowestoft during the North Sea season, and will come round to Milford for the summer season.


John Charles Llewellin:

Castle trawlers: Cotsmuir, Lady Stanley, T.R. Ferens and Harry Melling.

    All the trawlers are away at the moment, the Lady Stanley at Hull and the others at Fleetwood, but they are expected to sail out of Milford in the near future.


    The fish merchants' business belonging to the firm in Fleetwood, Swansea and Milford will now be carried on by Yolland Brothers, while the merchants' business at Aberdeen has been taken over by Mr. Llewellin.

    Naturally interested to ascertain why such a profitable partnership should be dissolved, the "Guardian" made enquiries on Thursday.  We learned that Mr. Llewellin has suffered ill health for a number of years and wishes to cut down on his responsibilities.

    The sensational rise of Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin has provided one of the romances of the fishing Industry of Milford, starting as fish exporters in 1935, with Mr. J. C. Llewellin as their representative in Paris.  The firm had to turn their attention in 1937 to building up their fish merchants business in England because of the devaluation of the franc. 

    In 1936 Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin purchased their first trawler and not long afterwards embarked on an experiment which at the time was considered more than daring - "foolhardy", said the old hands.  They fitted out two trawlers to fish as a pair - the pareja - a Spanish method of fishing.  The earliest voyages, doubtless due to the inexperience of the crews in this type of netting, brought thin returns, but by-and-by these pairs began to make news, big news, for they started to smash fishing records.  What was then the youngest firm of owners had scored a big success, and confounded their critics.  Before the war started, the company had five pairs operating on the Irish grounds.  During the war the company worked with two old ships, the Gozo and Cairo, but disposed of these when their fleet of twenty-two trawlers were de-requisitioned in their turn after Government service.

    The partners in the firm of Yolland Brothers are Messrs. John J. Leslie and T. Stuart Yolland.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th December 1953:


    The unusual charge of landing under-size plaice was preferred against a Milford trawler skipper at Milford Sessions on Wednesday.  The mate on the same trawler was similarly charged.

    Police Inspector E. E. Richards, prosecuting, explained that the proceedings, taken under the Sea Fishing Act, 1933, were intended more to give publicity to the matter than to punish the offenders.

    The skipper was 59 year old Fred Setterfield, 5 Riverside Avenue, Neyland, and the mate, William George Nicholas, 10 Greville Road, Milford.  The trawler concerned was the s.t. Invercairn, belonging to Messrs. Yolland Bros.

    Mr. J. F. Johnson (Messrs. Price and Kelway) represented Setterfield, who pleaded not guilty.  Nicholas was not represented. 

    Inspector Richards said the order  laid down that the minimum size of plaice landed for sale in this country should be 10 inches.  The Order was designed to put into practice in the UK the international agreement between countries that fished in the North Sea and other seas around the coast, and the object of the Order was to prevent over-fishing. 


    The Chairman said Inspector Richards had made it clear that the prosecution was instituted not so much to penalise the defendants as to draw the attention of all concerned to the regulations, and the Bench felt that in this case, the first of its kind, a nominal penalty of 1 in each case would suffice.

    Mr. J. H. Thomas retired from the Bench for the hearing of the case.





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