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




16 Nov 1914: Robert Boyle, 16 Military Rd., North Shields.
Managing owner.


1919: Rayner & Boyle, Ltd., Fish Quay, North Shields.

Manager: Robert Boyle. (Same address.)


By 1922: Richard Irvin, The Grove, North Shields.

Managing owner.


1940: Tyne Trawlers, North Shields.

Manager: R. Irvin.


1941: Reed, Phillips & Co. Ltd., North Shields.



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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