John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  94540    Port Number and Year: 19th in Aberdeen, 1889 (A370)

                                                                                4th in Milford, 1901 (M167)

Description: Wood long liner; steam screw; coal burner. Open wheelhouse.  Schooner rigged. 

Crew: 8 men (1889); 7 men, 1 boy (1901).

Registered at Milford: 14 Nov 1901

Built: 1889, by Forbes & Birnie, Peterhead

Tonnage: 68.77 grt  39.95 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 76.7 / 18.4 / 8.75

Engine: C 2-Cyl. 22 rhp..  Engine: White & Cooper, Dundee




15 Oct 1889: William B. Walker, Agent St., Torry, Kincardine.

Managing owner.


As M167

14 Nov 1901: John Grand, Milford. (Managing owner.)

William James Pyle Hart, Hamilton Tce., Milford. (Joint owners.)


Landed at Milford:  9 Nov 1901 - 25 May 1906


Thomas Marks cert. 02454, age 46, born Wellington, Somerset; signed on 1 Jan 1902

G. Smith 02661, 39, Scarborough; residing Marble Hall Rd., Milford; 8 Jul 1902

James Cornish 5219, 42, Brixham; 26 Dec 1902; 1 Jan, 6 Jul 1903

Ole Simonsen - , 42, Norway, residing 15 St. Peter's Rd., Milford; 11 Jul 1904; 3 Jan, 12 Jul 1905; 9 Jan 1906


16 Jul 1891: Ran ashore at Rattray Head.  Skipper William Walker ran for Peterhead, making water, but arrived safely.  [Aberdeen Weekly Journal,  Friday 17th July 1891.]

30 May 1906: Foundered 17 miles W by S of the Smalls Lighthouse, after being run down by the steamer WESTMOOR.  [Log book entry.]

Foundered about 8 miles W.S.W. of the Smalls. [Register.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 1 Jun 1906.

 Accidents and Incidents

Log book entries:



Lundy Roads.

Lost anchor and 20 fathom of wire.  Heavy seas caused wire to part.

    Thomas Marks (Skipper)



Milford Docks

Port and two stanchions and taffrail knocked in by the steam trawler Falmouth.  Too much way in dock.

    R. Stone (Skipper)



West Angle Bay.

Towed the steam ship Startforth, which was temporarily disabled, to Milford Docks.

    J. Cornish (Skipper)



I left Milford on Saturday 30th December about 9 a.m., the wind SE by S blowing fresh, and brought up at Angle on Monday morning January 1st.  I saw a vessel flying a flag of distress between Castle Head and Dale.  I hove up my anchor and steamed towards her and found her to be the 'James' of Llanelly, abandoned.  The wind was blowing SE by E with heavy seas.  I launched a boat and went aboard and found one cable parted and one hawser parted on the rail as had been used for two anchors.  I put 3 hands on board and stood by her until Tuesday morning, when the wind came S with a heavy sea in the Haven, so I hove the anchor up and took her in tow.  In consequence of the heavy sea the tow rope parted in the Haven.  I had great difficulty in picking her up again, but succeeded after a deal of trouble when I again took her in tow and brought her into Dock about 11 a.m.

    Ole Simonsen (Skipper)



17 miles W by S of the Smalls Light House.  Vessel foundered.  Ran into by the steamship Westmoor.

    O. Simonsen (Skipper)



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 3rd January 1906:


    On Saturday morning a strong south-east gale sprung up and continued without abatement until Monday night, and as a natural consequence the harbour's safety,  especially the lower part was taken advantage of by craft of every description sheltering from the fury of the storm. ....

     On Tuesday morning the "Queen Alexandra" brought in the "Elizabeth Ellen Fisher", and later the steam trawler "Palestine" arrived with the "James" in tow.  Fortunately little or no damage had been done to either of the sailing vessels, and the crews are now back on board.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 19th January 1906:


    THE FIRST MACKEREL. — The steamer drifter "Rescue" returned to Milford yesterday morning with a shot of about 2,000 mackerel; her fish was sold by Messrs Neale & West, and the first purchasers were Messrs Kinnaird & Co. They realised 29s per hundred, grossing over £40 for one night's work. This is a good omen for Milford showing, the shoals are close home, and only given fair weather a good season may be anticipated. A local steam liner "Palestine" landed over fifty boxes of conger making a splendid trip of £150 since Saturday. Both boats report heavy weather and a strong gale springing up again. 


From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 1st June 1906:



MILFORD VESSEL LOST OFF THE SMALLS.— The steamer Palestine, of Milford, whilst fishing off the Smalls on Tuesday night about 11.30 p.m. during a dense fog, was run into by the steamship Westport, of London, bound for Greenock. The Palestine was severely damaged about the bows, so the Westport stood by and offered assistance, which was, however, refused. The captain of the Palestine, hoping to save the vessel, started to steam for Milford, but at 3.30 a.m. the crew had to abandon her and take to their boat, the vessel almost immediately sinking. The boat was eventually picked up by the yawl Lorna, and the crew, consisting of nine men, landed at Milford at three p.m. on Wednesday.


From the Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 6th June 1906:


YET ANOTHER MILFORD LINER GONE. On Tuesday night at 11.30 the long liner “Palestine”, owned by John Grand & Co., was sunk off the Smalls, the steamer “Westmoor” of London, bound for Greenock, striking her in the bows.  The “Palestine” began to fill, and the “Westmoor” offered assistance, but Captain Simonsen thought he would be able to make port safely.  All the crew were put on the pumps until 3 a.m. when they found it expedient to take to the boat.  They were picked up by the sailing yacht “Lorna”, of Portsmouth, bound for Dublin, which brought them into Milford at 3.30 on Wednesday afternoon.  This makes the fourth liner lost to Milford during the year.



From R. &. B. Larn (2000): Shipwreck Index of the British Isles - West Coast and Wales:


PALESTINE                29/05/1906


St. George's Channel, South end, 17M W x S of the Smalls L/h.    51.39N  06.08W


Foundered and lost offshore in wind conditions W force 2, following collision with the London registered s.s. WESTMOOR.




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