Official No: 149058 Port and Year: Hull, 1926 (H283)
Grimsby, 1952 (GY252)
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 13 men (1926).
Built: 1926, by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley. (Yard no. 478)
Tonnage: 358 grt 153 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 140.4 / 24.0 / 13.2
Engine: T3-Cyl. 96 rhp. Engine and boiler: C.D. Holmes & Co., Hull.
As LADY BERYL H283
4 Feb 1926: Jutland Amalgamated Trawlers, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Edward Cargill.
As OCEAN DUKE
27 Nov 1935: Ocean Steam Fishing Co., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Leonard H. Tutcher.
As STELLA RIGEL
28 Mar 1938: Charleson-Smith Trawlers, South Side, St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.
Manager: Charles P. Hudson, Lulworth, Tranby Lane, Anlaby, E.Yorks.
8 Jun 1945: Hull Merchants Amalgamated Trawlers, Hull.
16 Feb 1949: Yolland Brothers, Docks, Milford.
As LADY OLWEN
4 Aug 1949: St. Andrew's Steam Fishing Co., Hull
As LADY OLWEN GY252
Mar 1952: G. F. Sleight, Grimsby.
Apr 1952: As REMINDO
Landed at Milford: 17 Jul 1950 - 18 Feb 1952.
Skippers: George Coe (1952)
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10 Oct 1933: As LADY BERYL, disabled after h.p. cylinder bottom blown out, 185 miles SE by ½ S from Westmann Isles. Taken in tow by trawler ARNOLD BENNET H259, and arrived at Hull on 15th October. [The Times, 11th, 12th and 17th October 1933.]
12 Mar 1937: As OCEAN DUKE, stranded at Krackaness Boen, near Harstad, Norway. Skipper Arthur Duffield failed to identify a buoy, and should have taken a pilot aboard. [The Times, 4th May and 3rd July 1937.]
2 Sep 1939: Requisitioned as STELLA RIGEL and converted to a minesweeper (P.No. FY.657)
18 Feb 1941: Shot down a German aircraft in the North Sea. [The Times, 19th February 1941.]
25 Sep 1943: Sweeping in company with DONNA NOOK, attacked by E-Boats, and in taking evading action, STELLA RIGEL rammed DONNA NOOK amidships and sank her.
Mar 1944: Converted to dan-layer.
Jul 1945: Returned to owners.
28 Apr 1955: At anchor off Nypubakka, Faroe Islands, the anchor chain broke and the vessel was driven onto the rocks. BEN MEIDIE SN340 came to assist but the vessel slipped off the rocks. Three men were rescued from the water, a further eleven were found clinging to a life raft; one man was swept away and a further three died on the way to Thorshaven. [Information from Hull Trawler net.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 14th January 1949:
Local trawler owners are facing up to the threat of over-fishing by foreign vessels on the nearest grounds off south-west Ireland, and the New Year has opened with more moves towards the establishment of a fleet of big boats capable of reaching distant waters in lieu of smaller trawlers which have proved uneconomical.
This week Messrs. Yolland Brothers announced the purchase of the steam trawler Alamein, a vessel of 140 feet 6 ins. length, and now fishing out of Hull. She is more than 15 feet longer than a castle trawler, and leaves today (Friday) on a voyage to the White Sea. If this trip is successful she will be based at Hull for a while, but will be eventually brought here.
When Mr. Yolland's boat does arrive she will be the eleventh trawler in the Milford fleet in the super class, the others being the Viscount, Marquis, Cotswold, Westcar, Goodleigh, Gunner, George Hastings, David Ogilvie and the Maretta.
[ The ALAMEIN's first Milford landing was on 11th March 1949, and she was renamed LADY OLWEN in December 1949. ]
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th January 1952:
"DUKE" AT THE TOP AGAIN
After two years as "runners-up", Skipper Albert Saunders and the "Milford Duke" are once again in top place in the Milford fishing "league". In 1951 Skipper Saunders caught a greater value of fish than any other individual trawler captain in the port.
Second in the league on last year's results is Skipper W. Burgoyne, who has moved up a place, closely followed by Skipper Steve Pembroke, who was sixth in the list of 1949 catches. "Crack" Skipper for 1948 and 1949, Skipper Tom Donovan, D.S.C., is a close fifth in results while consistent Skipper James Jobson again occupies fourth position.
Here are the leading positions, the ships being classed according to size.
THE BIG SHIPS
1. Milford Duke (A. Saunders), Milford Steam Trawling Co.
2. Maretta (W. Burgoyne), United Trawlers.
3. Westcar (Steve Pembroke), Westward Trawlers.
4. Milford Duchess (J. Jobson); 5, David Ogilvie (T. Donovan, DSC); 6, Maythorne (H. Rich); 7, Cotswold (J. Clarke); 8, George Hastings (H. Ryan); 9, Lady Olwen (George Coe).
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 11th January 1952:
The steam trawler Dagon, belonging to Messrs. A. J. Tilbrook and Co., has been sold to an Aberdeen firm and has left the port.
We understand that Messrs. Yolland Brothers are negotiating the sale of one of their largest trawlers, the Lady Olwen.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 14th March 1952:
Messrs. Yolland Bros. announced on Thursday that they had sold their trawlers, the Lady Olwen and Lady June, to a Grimsby firm, and that both ships would leave immediately for the East Coast from Swansea, where they had gone for dry dock survey.
The departure of these two trawlers, among the biggest in Milford, will be a very nasty blow, for it means that 30 men have directly lost their employment. The June and Olwen are 140 foot long, and were completed in 1928 and 1926 respectively.
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