Courtesy of Robert Kettle

Official No:  164419    Port Number and Year:   25th in Grimsby,1936 (GY331)

                                                                                  11th in Lowestoft, 1945 (LT93)

                                                                                    2nd in Milford, 1947

                                                                                     -    in Lowestoft, 1949 (LT52)

Description: Steel side trawler; motor schooner, oil burning. Cruiser stern.

Crew: 8 men (1936); 10 men (1947).

Registered in Milford: 30 Apr 1947

Built: 1936, by by Cochrane & Sons, Selby.  (Yard no. 1160)

Tonnage: 146.28 grt 53.24 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  101.25 / 21.1 / 10.35

Engine: Internal combustion direct acting reciprocating combustion vertical diesel (British 1936). 

6-Cyl.  91.3 nhp. 11.2 kts.  Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln.




13 Oct 1936: Grimsby Motor Trawlers Ltd., Henderson St., Grimsby.

Manager: John C. Ross, 39 Signhills Ave., Cleethorpes, Lincs.


Mar 1943: Frederick Ernest Catchpole, Lowestoft (Star Drift Fishing Co. Ltd.).



1945: Torbay Trawlers, Brixham.

Manager: A. E. Dexter.


As M176

30 Apr 1947: Milford Steam Trawlers Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: James Carpenter Ward.

7 Jun 1947: As MILFORD KNIGHT M176


26 May 1949: Claridge Trawlers Ltd., 8 Waveney Rd., Lowestoft.

Manager: Gordon David Claridge,  Wheathamptstead, Hertfordshire.

4 Jan 1950: As BRITISH GUIANA LT52.



Landed at Milford: As SUNLIT WATERS:  12 May - 20 Dec 1947

As MILFORD KNIGHT: 3 Jan - 17 Dec 1948

Skippers: Harry ('Wampo') Thompson


27 Nov 1939: Requisitioned for service as converted for anti-submarine duties.(P.No.FY.271).  Based at Holyhead with 35th A/S Group.

1942: Based at Larne with 35th A/S Group.

9 Mar 1946: Returned to owners.

1946: Grimsby registry closed.

Nov 1968: Broken up by T.G. Darling & Co. Ltd., Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.  Lowestoft registry closed.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 26 May 1949.  Vessel transferred to the port of Lowestoft.

[ Mayes G. & Thomas M. (2014): Cochrane Shipbuilders Vol.2: 1915 - 1939. ]

Accidents and Incidents:

From the Western Telegraph & Cymric Times of Wednesday 13th April 1949:


    Mr Billy Lawrence, 87, Robert Street, bosun of the "Milford Knight", was badly injured in an accident at sea last Thursday. The trawl was being hauled and it is understood that the messenger hook parted and struck him.  Skipper Harry Thompson immediately put the trawler about and when the vessel came into the Haven on Friday,  Doctor W. Burnett Evans went on board and diagnosed a suspected fractured pelvis.  When the trawler docked alongside the Hakin stage, bosun Lawrence was put on a sea stretcher and lifted by crane to the waiting ambulance.  After attention at the County Hospital he was allowed to return home, and is now under medical attention.



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