As PHILLIPIAN GY133 (1951-60)

Painting by Steve Farrow

Official No:  144394    Port Number and Year:  106th in London, 1920 (LO339)

                                                                                      -    in Ostend, 1921 (O.148)

                                                                                   59th in Hull, 1933 (H533)

                                                                                    2nd in Milford, 1936

                                                                                     -     in Grimsby, 1950 (GY164)

Description: Castle class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: mizzen sail

Crew:  10 men

Registered: 22 Jun 1936

Built: 1920; by Cook, Welton & Gemmel, Beverley, as THOMAS ALLEN. (Yard no. 419)

Tonnage: 290 grt 127 net  (By 1933:  278.14 grt  114.69 net.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.5 / 23.5 / 12.7

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 86.9 nhp.10 kts.  Engine and boiler by Amos & Smith, Albert Docks, Hull.




23 Feb 1920: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.

Managing owner.



6 Sep 1921: Soc. Anon. Armement Ostendais, Oostende.



1 Dec 1933: Hellyer Bros., St. Andrews Dock, Hull.

Managers: Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer.



20 Jun 1936: James Carpenter Ward, Docks, Milford.

Manager: Harry Eastoe Rees, 'Mirador', The Rath, Milford.


8 Aug 1936: Milford Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Docks, Milford.

Manager: Harry Eastoe Rees, 'Mirador', The Rath, Milford

                James Carpenter Ward, 'Thornton House', Thornton, Milford. (9 Sep 1938)

                   Daniel Charles Bruton, 'Tregenna', St. Ishmaels. (1 May 1953)



11 Dec 1950: Onward Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Wharncliff Rd., Fish Docks, Grimsby

Manager: Frank Bellamy Robinson, 44 Cromwell Rd., Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.

Jan 1951: As PHILLIPIAN GY164 


Landed at Milford: As BENGALI: 25 Jun, 17 Jul 1936

As MILFORD PRINCE: 9 Aug 1936 - 29 Aug 1939; 4 Dec 1945 - 24 Nov 1950.

Skippers: Albert Woods (1936); (post War:) Benny Riches (1947-49), Alfred Beckett; Jack Thomas (1950).


Thomas Allen, age 42, born in West Chester; Quartermaster, HMS THUNDERER, at Trafalgar.

1919: Launched as THOMAS ALLEN for Admiralty service (Admy no. 4403), but completed as a fishing vessel, for sale on 17 Mar 1920.

Théophile Massart, born in 1840, the first secretary of "Solidarity", and from 1886 to his death in 1904, led the first socialist co-operative in Jolimont, Belgium.

19 Jun 1936: Hull registry closed.

31 Aug 1939: Requisitioned for war service as MILFORD PRINCE and converted to a minesweeper.

Apr 1944: Converted to dan layer; in Operation Neptune, attached to 6th Minesweeping Flotilla.

4 Dec 1945: Returned to owners.

Apr 1960: Broken up at Gateshead.

Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 11 Dec 1950.  Vessel transferred to port of Grimsby.

 Accidents and Incidents

From an unknown local newspaper the week beginning 5th July 1936:


    The steam trawlers Malvolio, Bengali and Spaniard, recently purchased at Hull for the new company, the Milford Haven Steam Trawling Company Limited, arrived on Thursday evening.  Friday was taken up with minor adjustments and equipping the vessels with fishing gear, coaling, ice and provisions.  On Saturday morning's tide all three trawlers put to sea for their first trips from the port.  The skippers in charge of them were Messrs. Charles Silcock, Albert Woods and Cecil Coombs.

    During their stay in dock the ships were much admired, and they are in excellent condition.  Their arrival, it goes without saying, has brought new hope to the industry.  They are to be renamed and the new names will be decided upon shortly



From The Irish Times of 7th March 1938, p.8:




                                                                                                                FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

                                                                                                                                                        GALWAY, Sunday


    "It seems to be most unlikely that they will be able to refloat her," said the first mate of the Dun Aengus, on Saturday, when asked if he thought it would be possible to save the steam trawler Tranio, of Milford Haven, which went aground at Killiney, Aran Islands, on Friday night.  Another trawler, Prince, also from Milford Haven, is ready to render assistance.  Another effort to refloat her will be made on Monday with the help of the Prince.


[The "PRINCE" referred to is presumably the MILFORD PRINCE.]                                                                        


From the West Wales Guardian of  Friday 31st January 1947:


    With his clothing and boots smouldering as he crawled across the red hot furnace to make temporary repairs to leaking boiler tubes, Chief Engineer J. R. Jones, 6, Warwick Road, undoubtedly saved the trawler "Milford Prince" as she drifted helplessly in a south-easterly gale.  The trawler had been fishing off the south Irish coast.

    The story of Mr Jones' bravery was told by the skipper, Mr Riches of Yarmouth, when the "Prince" limped into Berehaven harbour in west Cork.  The vessel got into difficulties in the gale about seventy miles off the coast on Wednesday night.  Skipper Riches said, "We were helplessly drifting, shipping tons of water and completely at the mercy of the gale.  We sent out an SOS to all shipping, but after we had drifted about ten miles with no response, the chief engineer volunteered to attempt to carry out temporary repairs to the leaking boiler tubes.  We laid boards across the furnace, which was still red hot, and [ he ] entered the boiler still partly filled with steam.  Despite the boards, he had his clothing and boots burnt.  He succeeded in carrying out temporary repairs and we were able to get the ship moving again.  But for his bravery we might not have lived to tell the tale."



From  the West Wales Guardian of Friday 17th December 1948:


    Twenty-one out of Milford's fleet of ninety-two trawlers are now idle, six of the smaller class boats having tied up this week owing to the present uneconomic trading conditions.  On the face of it this is a very gloomy Christmas picture, but beneath it all is a feeling of confidence in the industry.

    Owners of the eight trawlers tying up this week - Lord Cecil, Loyal Star, Cassiopeia, Poseidon, Constant Star, Framlingham, Lavenham and Lord Anson - will be taking the opportunity during the present "low" in the industry to repair and re-equip their vessels, and it is good to know that two of the ships which have tied up, the Ellesmere (Crescent Company) and Milford Prince (Milford Trawling Company), have been crewing up, and will return to sea again within a day or two after a six week stoppage.


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 24th December 1948:


    In our Milford Jottings last week, we mentioned that the trawlers Ellesmere and Milford Prince would be returning to sea in a day or two after a six weeks stoppage.  The Milford Steam Trawling Company point out that the Milford Prince only landed her last voyage on December 1st, and the fact that she had to stay in port longer than usual was because she experienced heavy weather damage at sea, which had to be repaired.


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 8th December 1950:


    Two of the remaining steam trawlers in the Milford Steam Trawling Company fleet have been sold to Grimsby firms.  The first, the Milford Prince, left on Wednesday for the East Coast with a Grimsby crew.  The second, the Milford Princess, is now in dry dock after undergoing extensive repairs, and will leave for Grimsby shortly.

    The Princess, it will be remembered, was nearly overwhelmed by a huge sea 12 months ago.  The top of her wheelhouse was washed away, and the skipper, Mr. Jack Thomas, and others of the crew had narrow escapes.  The Milford Steam Trawling Company now has a fleet of six diesel trawlers, and one remaining steam vessel, the Milford King.


Back Row L-R: Skipper Billy Jones,    ?,    ?,  Ch. Eng Jim Jones & Bosun Carol

Front Row:   ?, 'Tenby' Richards, Harry Jones, 'Smiler' Milham & 3rd Hand Charlie Jobson

John Stevenson Collection




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