MORGAN JONES LO116
Official No: 143830 Port Number and Year: London, 1920 (LO116)
Fleetwood, 1945 (FD252)
Description: Castle Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.
Crew: 12 men (1920).
Built: 1918 by Fletcher, Son & Fearnall Ltd, Limehouse, London. (Yard no. 4)
Tonnage: 278 grt 116 net
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.0 / 23.5 / 12.7
Engine: T 3-Cyl. 61 rhp.. Engine by Fraser & Chalmers Ltd, Erith
18 Nov 1919: The Admiralty, London.
Manager: The Secretary, Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.
Jan 1920: The Mills Steam Ship Co. Ltd., 138 Leadenhall St., London EC.
Manager: Frederick B. O'Meara. (Same address.)
Brand & Curzon, Docks, Milford. (Local managers; 1920-1930.)
Hull managers? (Nov 1930 - Jun 1940.)
1942: Dinas Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Fleetwood.
Manager: David N. Marr
1945: As FD129
Landed at Milford: 13 Jan 1920 - 15 Oct 1930.
Morgan Jones, age 23, born Caernarvon; AB, HMS VICTORY; at Trafalgar.
10 Mar 1918: Completed for the Admiralty (No. 3845) 1 x 12 pdr.
Jun 1940: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted for auxiliary patrol duties (P.No. 4.114).
1940: Based North Shields.
1942: Based Tyne.
Jun 1945: Returned to owner at Fleetwood.
Nov 1945: London registry closed.
8 Nov 1945: Registered at Fleetwood (FD129).
1957: Broken up at Troon.
[Information supplied by the Fleetwood Maritime Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th January 1928:
MILFORD MAN HONOURED
Brave Action Rewarded
BOARD OF TRADE PRESENTATION
A SEAMAN'S HEROISM
A pitch black night, a heavy sea running and a bitterly cold driving rain falling; a trawler 360 miles from land battling against the elements - men groping on the deck in the darkness. Then, above the wail of the wind, the cry - "Man overboard!"
No time for conferences, no time for plans. Action! Practically simultaneously with the shout which is enough to send the blood tingling through one's body, there was a second splash, A hero, the would-be rescuer was in the icy water groping, trying and endeavouring to catch a glimpse of his comrade and mess-mate.
And here we have to strike the sad note, for the body of the first man was not saved. He was drowned, and Arthur Leggatt, of the steam trawler Morgan Jones, returned to his ship alone.
Now we return to land, and to an interesting ceremony which took place at the Council Chamber, Milford Haven, on Monday night.
Coun. Richard John, Chairman of the Milford Haven Urban District Council, was in the chair, and speaking with feeling in addressing his audience, which included the hero of the Morgan Jones, he explained that they were gathered there that night to do honour to one of their fellow townsmen. He then proceeded to recall the facts of that awful 21st night of October, 1927, when, during the fierce gale and without any thought for himself or his loved ones at home, Mr. Leggatt jumped overboard into a tempestuous and raging sea in an endeavour to rescue a shipmate.
The Chairman then announced that the Royal Humane Society had thought fit and proper to inscribe Mr. Leggatt's name on the Roll of Honour. .........
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 13th March 1931:
Skipper Weymouth and the crew of the steam trawler "Morgan Jones" (Brand and Curzon) have added to the fame of our fishermen for gallantry and good seamanship. He found a schooner laden with coals from Garstang to Falmouth with her sails blown away, and helplessly drifting on to the rocky coast of the Irish Channel. With great difficulty and in great danger, they managed to get a line aboard her, and towed her into Fishguard. The crew are all safe.
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