Kindly supplied by Ann Axford
Official No: 132158 Port and Year: Buckie, 1913 (BCK157)
Lowestoft, c.1944 (LT105)
Peterhead, c.1949 (PD12)
Description: Steel side / drifter trawler; coal fired. Ketch rigged.
Built: by A. Hall & Co., Aberdeen; in 1912. (Yard no. 491)
Tonnage: 96 grt 40 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.5 / 18.6 / 9.3
Engine: T 3-Cyl; 35 rhp; by builders.
18 August 1913: Lewis Duthie, 211 Portessie, Buckie, Banffshire.
By 1917: Alexander Cowie, 210 Portessie, Buckie, Banffshire.
1 Apr 1944: Yolland & Llewellin, Docks, Milford.
1946: Cairo Fishing Co., (Yolland Bros.), Docks, Milford
Manager: John Yolland.
c.1949: George Buchan & Others, Peterhead.
[Not in Olsen's 1961 under that name.]
Landed at Milford: 1 Oct 1946 - 11 Jan 1949
Poseidon, one of the twelve Olympian gods in Greek mythology, is the "God of the Sea". [Wikipedia.]
Jan 1916: Requisitioned by the Admiralty for miscellaneous service.
1919: Returned to owners.
Oct 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as an examining vessel.
1945: Returned to owners.
Accidents and Incidents
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 4th January 1946:
Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin, joint owners of the biggest trawling fleet sailing out of Milford, have dissolved the partnership after ten years of highly successful working, during which time the fleet has increased from one to twenty-two trawlers. The dissolution took effect from January 1st, and in future Messrs. Yolland will trade under the name Messrs. Yolland Brothers, while Mr. J. C. Llewellin takes a number of trawlers under his own name.
Castle Class: Tenedos, Mikasa, Lorraine, William Mannell, Montano and George Adgell.
Strath Class: Craigmillar and Anne Melville.
Drifters: Allochy, Overfall, Poseidon, Invercairn, Primevere, Mint, Furze, Lichen, Calliopsis and Cassiopeia.
The Montano left Milford on Thursday (yesterday) for Fleetwood, while the George Adgell arrives in Milford within the next fortnight from Aberdeen. Both Strath boats are at Milford, but the drifters will fish from Lowestoft during the North Sea season, and will come round to Milford for the summer season.
John Charles Llewellin:
Castle trawlers: Cotsmuir, Lady Stanley, T.R. Ferens and Harry Melling.
All the trawlers are away at the moment, the Lady Stanley at Hull and the others at Fleetwood, but they are expected to sail out of Milford in the near future.
The fish merchants' business belonging to the firm in Fleetwood, Swansea and Milford will now be carried on by Yolland Brothers, while the merchants' business at Aberdeen has been taken over by Mr. Llewellin.
Naturally interested to ascertain why such a profitable partnership should be dissolved, the "Guardian" made enquiries on Thursday. We learned that Mr. Llewellin has suffered ill health for a number of years and wishes to cut down on his responsibilities.
The sensational rise of Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin has provided one of the romances of the fishing Industry of Milford, starting as fish exporters in 1935, with Mr. J. C. Llewellin as their representative in Paris. The firm had to turn their attention in 1937 to building up their fish merchants business in England because of the devaluation of the franc.
In 1936 Messrs. Yolland & Llewellin purchased their first trawler and not long afterwards embarked on an experiment which at the time was considered more than daring - "foolhardy", said the old hands. They fitted out two trawlers to fish as a pair - the pareja - a Spanish method of fishing. The earliest voyages, doubtless due to the inexperience of the crews in this type of netting, brought thin returns, but by-and-by these pairs began to make news, big news, for they started to smash fishing records. What was then the youngest firm of owners had scored a big success, and confounded their critics. Before the war started, the company had five pairs operating on the Irish grounds. During the war the company worked with two old ships, the Gozo and Cairo, but disposed of these when their fleet of twenty-two trawlers were de-requisitioned in their turn after Government service.
The partners in the firm of Yolland Brothers are Messrs. John J. Leslie and T. Stuart Yolland.
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.
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