John Stevenson Collection

Official No:    128768    Port Number and Year: 3rd in Milford 1914

                                                                                     -  in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD341)

                                                                                     -  in Liverpool, 1931 (LL32)

                                                                                     -  in North Shields, 1935 (SN47)

Description:  Steel side / beam trawler; steam screw; coal burner. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail, mizzen.

Crew: 9 men (1914).

Registered at Milford: 25 Jun 1914

Built: Hall Russell & Co., Aberdeen, in 1914.  (Yard no. 551)

Tonnage: 236.95 gross 89.88 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  120.9 / 22.7 / 12.1

Engine: T.3-cyl. 85 rhp.   Engine and boiler by builders.



As M9

25 Jun 1914:  Edward Brand, 'Johnston Hall', Johnston. (16/64) Managing owner.

James Tidman, Gorleston on Sea, Suffolk. (16/64)

Walter Humphrey Podd, 387 London Rd., Lowestoft. (16/64)  (Smack owner)

Charlie Thomas Pannell, 31 Berg Cres., Stamford Hill, London. (16/64)  (Trawler owner)


26 Nov 1917:  Frederick Bernard O'Meara, 5 Fen Court, Fenchurch, London EC.

Managing owner.


31 Jul 1918: The Port St. Mary Fishing & Curing Co., 1 Broad Street Place, Bloomfield St., London.

Manager: Joseph A. Taylor, Station Rd., Fleetwood.

7 Aug 1919: Registered as FD341


28 Aug 1924: Dalby Steam Fishing Co., Fish Trades Buildings, Wyre Dock, Fleetwood

Manager: Bowden Ramster, 25 Esplanade, Fleetwood.


As LL32

19 Mar 1931: Harley & Miller Ltd, 39 Great Charlotte St., Liverpool.

Manager: Richard H. Jones. (Same address.)


26 Feb 1935: As ST. OLIVE SN47

1935: Robert Hastie & Sons, Fish Quay, North Shields.

Manager: George H. Hastie, 53 Preston Ave., North Shields.


Landed at Milford: 17 Jun 1914 - 2 May 1915

Skippers: W. Davies (1914)


Noogana is the Somali for the word "us".

St. Olive was a beautiful Italian girl of thirteen in the ninth century who was carried off to Tunis by raiding Muslims and was beheaded, but her soul, in the form of a dove, was seen to soar upward.

May 1915: Requisitioned as an armed trawler for war service (Admy.No.2663); 1 x 3pdr.

1919: Returned to owners.

28 Aug 1933: Rescued four crew of the motor boat LALAGE, sunk 12 miles NE off the Skerries.

[The Times, Tuesday, 29th August 1933.]

Mar 1940:  Requisitioned for war service as ST. OLIVE and converted to a minesweeper. (P.No: FY.1599).

21 Nov 1945: Returned to owners.

1956: Sold for breaking up.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 6 Aug 1919. Vessel transferred to the port of Fleetwood.

[With thanks to the Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust and The Bosun's Watch.]

Accidents and Incidents


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 9th June 1914:



    On Friday another of the steam trawlers recently purchased was added to the fleet of Mr C. Curzon. She is the Emblem of Hull, a vessel of similar class to the Equity and was brought round by Capt. B. Blockwell, who is to act as ships husband for this fleet. Last night the crew left for Aberdeen to bring round the new trawler "Noogana" which was launched a few weeks ago for Messrs Brand & Co. 


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 24th June 1914:



    The new steam trawler Noogana, which was recently launched from the yard of Messrs Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen, landed her maiden cargo at the Fish Market on Wednesday. She is a fine craft and is fitted with all the latest and best machinery and trawling gear, and will be a valuable addition to Messrs Brand & Co.'s fleet. She is of the same class as the Koorah, Narana and W. H. Podd, owned and managed by the same company.


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