GENERAL JOFFRE SN123
As GENERAL JOFFRE SN123
John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 137364 Port Number and Year: 21st in North Shields, 1914 (SN123)
4th in Milford, 1951
Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Pareja (Spanish) method. Ketch rigged: mizzen sail.
Crew: 9 men (1951).
Registered at Milford: 18 Jul 1951
Built: 1914 by J.S.T. Eltringhan & Co., Willington Quay on Tyne. (Yard no. 307)
Tonnage: 194.05 grt 85.58 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.5 / 22.08 / 11.9 (By 1951: 13.42)
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 75 nhp. 10.5 kts. Engine: 1914, by builders; boiler: 1914, Palmers Ship Building and Iron Co., Hebburn on Tyne
As GENERAL JOFFRE SN123
16 Nov 1914: Robert Boyle, 16 Military Rd., North Shields.
1919: Rayner & Boyle, Ltd., Fish Quay, North Shields.
Manager: Robert Boyle. (Same address.)
By 1922: Richard Irvin, The Grove, North Shields.
1940: Tyne Trawlers, North Shields.
Manager: R. Irvin.
1941: Reed, Phillips & Co. Ltd., North Shields.
As SOUTHLEIGH M158
18 Jul 1951: Atlantic Trawlers Ltd., 3 Howe St., Edinburgh 3.
Manager: Henry James Richards, Bulford Rd., Johnston.
19 Feb 1953: W. H. Kerr (Ships Chandlers), Ltd., The Docks, Milford.
Managing owner: William H. Kerr, Shakespeare Ave., Milford.
5 May 1953: South Western Trawlers, The Docks, Milford
Manager: John Charles Llewellin, Crundale, Haverfordwest.
9 Sep 1953: As LETTERSTON M158
Landed at Milford:
As GENERAL JOFFRE: 20 Sep - 29 Nov 1950; 8 Jan - 19 Jul 1951.
As SOUTHLEIGH: 1 Aug 1951 - 30 Oct 1952.
As LETTERSTON: 26 Mar 1954 - 14 Apr 1955
General Joffre was chief of the French General Staff in 1911, and played a major role during the Great War until December 1916.
Letterston is a village between Haverfordwest and Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
Apr 1915: Requisitioned for war service and converted to a minesweeper. (Admy.No. 1455). 1 x 6 pdr.
1919: Returned to owners
Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 13 Jun 1955. Broken up at Antwerp.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 11th July 1952:
The trawler Westleigh, belonging to Goodleigh Fisheries, has been sold to Plymouth. She has been paired with the Southleigh, which will now be used as a spare while the rest of the pair fleet have their annual refit.
We understand that the firm will probably be buying another ship later in the year to pair up.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th May 1955:
The former pair trawler Crundale arrived at Ward's Yard on Saturday, and her sister ship Lydstep, and the Letterston are expected to follow soon.
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