Photo by Peter Brady, Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust.  

Official No:  160890   Port Number and Year:  Hull, 1930 (H209)

                                                                                Swansea, 1947 (SA72)

                                                                                Fleetwood, 1954 (FD16)

Description: Steel side trawler, steam, coal fired, single screw. Ketch rigged. Cruiser stern

Crew: 13 men (1930)

Built: 1930, by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley. (Yard no. 539)

Tonnage: 363 grt  96 net (3 Nov 1930); 378 grt 162 net (re-registered 11 Nov 1937).

[1937: Lengthened to 151.5 ft (378 grt). Work carried out by Smiths Dock Co Ltd, Middlesborough.]

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 140.3  / 24.6 / 13.3 (3 Nov 1930);  151.2 / 24.6 / 13.3 (11 Nov 1937).

Engine: T.3-Cyl., 96 rhp = 11 kts.; by Charles D. Holmes, Hull. 




3 Nov 1930: Kingston Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.

Manager: John Lown. [Same address.]

11 Nov 1937: Re-registered as H209.



18 Sep 1947: Swansea Trawlers Ltd., Swansea.

Manager: K. H. Reynolds DFC, Swansea.

                  Eton Fishing Co. Ltd., Hull. (Managers / agents: 1947-50)

26 May 1950: Hudson Bros. Trawlers Ltd., Hull.  (Managers / agents.)

1 Jan 1953:  Milford Steam Trawling Co., Milford  (Managers / agents.)


Jun 1954: Mason Trawlers Ltd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Robert Bagshaw.

Sep 1954: As MASONA FD16.


1956: Rinovia Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby.

Manager: Joseph R. Cobley.

[ Fishing out of Fleetwood. ]

Landed at Milford: 4 Jan - 20 Dec 1953

Skippers: Alfred Beckett; Albert Saunders; Albert Riby (the last Milford skipper to sail out of Milford.) [Information supplied by A.J.T. Beckett.]


(Kingston) Olivine is a magnesium iron silicate, which can be of a gem quality. [Wikipedia.]

Langland Bay is a popular coastal holiday resort in Gower, Swansea in south Wales. [Wikipedia.]

8 Aug 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as the anti-submarine trawler FY 193. Joined the 19th AS Group based at Harwich. Employed on East Coast convoys.



Lenton H.T. (1998): "British and Empire Warships of the Second World War".

"The A/S trawler Kingston Olivine was armed with one 4in and three 20mm AA (3x1) guns, carried AW.RDF at the masthead, and was fitted with a large reel aft for the LL electric sweep.  Note that a deckhouse has been added forward of the bridge, and the lower bridge has been extended forward to accommodate the 20mm guns.  Although still wearing the temporary 2-letter identification on her bow, her flag hoist shows her actual pendant number of FY.193. (IWM)"

Jul 1942: Converted to a minesweeper.

11 May 1945:  Returned to owners.

2 Nov 1956: Broken up at Troon.

7 May 1957: Fleetwood Register closed.

[Information from the Fleetwood Maritime Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]

Accidents and Incidents



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 19th December 1952:


    The 150 foot trawler Langland Bay, belonging to a Swansea firm and fishing out of Hull, will shortly arrive in Milford to be managed by the Milford Steam Trawling Company. 

    She will have a local skipper and crew, and should be an acquisition to the port.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 25th June 1954:



    On Thursday the largest steam trawler based at the port, the s.t. Langland Bay, left for new owners, Mason Trawlers Ltd., Fleetwood.  The Langland Bay, owned by Swansea Trawlers Ltd., has been managed by the Milford Steam Trawling Company for three years.  She was formerly in command of the late Albert Saunders and had been laid up since last November, also for economic reasons.




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