John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  181009     Port Number and Year:  3rd in Aberdeen, 1946 (A234)

                                                                                13th in Milford, 1948

Description: Mersey Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: mizzen.

Crew: 15 men (1948); 14 men and 1 boy (18 Oct 1949)

Registered at Milford: 9 Sep 1948

Built: Cochrane & Son, Selby, in 1918  (Yard no. 851)

Tonnage: 326.82 grt  151.91 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 138.5 / 23.75 / 12.8

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 87 nhp.10 kts.  Engine and boiler by Charles D. Holmes & Co., Hull



1918-1946: Royal Navy. (As HMS ANDREW JEWER and NITH: see below.)


Jun 1946: Malvern Fishing Co. Ltd., Aberdeen.



9 Sep 1948:  Yolland Bros. Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: John Yolland (Jnr.)

29 Oct 49: As LADY JILL.


Landed at Milford:  

MALVERN  30 Aug 1948 -  19 Jun 1949

LADY JILL 17 Dec 1949 - 15 Dec 1953

Skippers: F. Whitely (1949); G. Phillips (1954)


Andrew Jewer, age 25, born Fife; A.B., on HMS VICTORY at Trafalgar.

The Nith is a river in South West Scotland.

Malvern is a spa town and civil parish in Worcestershire.

4 Dec 1918: Delivered as ANDREW JEWER to Admiralty (No. 3844); employed as Gunnery Tender. 1x12pdr.

24 Sep 1920: Admiralty announced that 27 trawlers will be retained in the Fleet, and their current names, which were not included in the pre-war signal-book, were replaced by the names of rivers. [The Times, Saturday, 25th Sep, 1920.]

24 Sep 1920: Renamed NITH, Portsmouth Gunnery School.

Jun 1922: Renamed EXCELLENT.

1939: P.No. T.47; 2x3in.

Jun 1946: Sold to mercantile.

22 July 1949: A Fleetwood newspaper reported that the MALVERN had a fire on board in the crew's quarters, while in Fleetwood.

4 Nov 1954:  Sold to Haulbowline Industries to be broken up at Passage West. (See newspaper article below.)

[ Information kindly supplied by David Slinger. ]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 18 Nov 1954. 

 Accidents and Incidents:

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 15th April 1949:


    "Probably a record for the port," was the comment in docks' circles on Wednesday, on the 4,745 made by the steam trawler Malvern (Messrs. Yolland Bros.), from her first Icelandic trip.

    The Malvern landed 832 kits of fish, of which 390 were plaice, and the rest mostly cod and haddock, and an interesting fact is that she did not catch a single hake on her three weeks voyage north.

    The trawler was in charge of Skipper Fred Whitely of Hull, who recently landed over 900 kits in the steam trawler Alamein, for the same firm.  With her was a Milford master, Skipper Jack Foster (learning the ropes), and the crew consisted entirely of local fishermen.

    This is the second big Icelandic trip to be landed locally within a week, the other being by the steam trawler Swansea Bay (Goodleigh Fisheries), which put ashore a catch of over 1,000 kit last Thursday.

    With landings from the south-western grounds diminishing week by week, local owners are gradually turning their attention to the far northern waters.


[The MALVERN was renamed LADY JILL later in the same year.]




From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 5th November 1954:


    The steam trawler Lady Jill (Messrs. Yolland Bros.) left on her last voyage on Thursday to a breakers' yard in Ireland.  She was taken there by a skeleton crew in charge of Skipper Grenville Phillips, with Mr. Jack Scoble as mate.




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