John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  111092     Port Number and Year:  26th in Yarmouth, 1901 (YH546)

                                                                                    6th in Milford, 1905

                                                                                      -   in Yarmouth, 1917 (YH ? )

                                                                                      -   in Lowestoft, c.1919 (LT319)

Description: Wooden liner.  Steam screw; coal burner. Sails fore and aft.

Crew: 8 men (1905); 10 men (1919).

Registered at Milford: 18 Jul 1903

Built: 1901, Yarmouth

Tonnage: 62.68 grt  36.17 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 79.6 / 18.1 / 8.0

Engine:  25 hp.



As YH546

1901: Albert Frank Clowes, 21 Howard St., Gt. Yarmouth.

Managing owner.


As M74

18 Jul 1905: James Hellings, 25 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)

Managing owner: Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)


10 Jul 1911: John Brown, 'Berlyn Villa', Wellington Rd., Hakin. (32/64)

Managing owner: Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)


23 Nov 1914:  Sarah Jane Hellings, 25 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)

Managing owner: Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (32/64)


9 Jan 1915:  Sarah Jane Hellings, 25 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (?)

William Nicholas, 9 Brooke Ave., Milford. (?)

Managing owner: Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (?)


As YH ?

3 Apr 1917:  Edward James Hellings, 5 Hamilton Tce., Milford.

Managing owner.


As LT319

3 Jan 1919: Frederick Offord, 51 Beresford Rd., Lowestoft.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford: 11 Jun - 4 Sep 1903;  9 Mar 1905 - 19 Dec 1916


H. Pook 5219, Mar - Sep 1905

John M. Brown cert. no. -, age 36, born Pembroke, residing Point St., Hakin; signed on: 17 Sep 1905  - 6 Nov 1906; 21 Jan, 23 Jul 1908; 25 Jan, 19 Jul 1909

Robert Hastings 5529, 9 Jan 1912

William Nicholas 7078, 46, Cornwall, 9 Brooke Ave., Milford; 1 Aug 1912; 5 Feb 1913.

C. Banner 8464, - , - ,Gwili Rd., Hakin; 21 Jan 1913

Edwin Manship 2002, 19 Jan 1917


24 Mar 1924: Broken up. (Lowestoft register.)

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 3 Apr 1917.

Accidents and Incidents


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 Sunday evening the steam liner "Queen Alexandra" arrived in the docks and landed the crews of three schooners, which were in peril in Dale Roads.  The vessels were the "Joseph Fisher" of Wexford, "Elizabeth Ellen Fisher", of Barrow, and the  "James", of Llanelly, all of them laden with a cargo of coal from Newport.


    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 27th April 1906:


    Henry L. French, cook on a liner, 172, Prendergast, Haverfordwest, claimed 18s. "stocker" from John Brown, Point Street, Hakin, master and part owner of s.s. Queen Alexandra. Plaintiff alleged that he was engaged by the defendant as cook on the Queen Alexandra at a wage of 1 a week and "stocker." He remained with the vessel for four or five trips, and after each trip he had the stocker money. On the occasion of his last trip, however, when the "stocker" realised 18s., he did not get anything. The defendant's story, on the other hand, was that the plaintiff was engaged at a regular salary, and was the only man aboard who was so engaged. The "stocker" belonged to the whole crew and not to him. A verdict was given for the plaintiff with costs.

[ John Brown was Skipper of the QUEEN ALEXANDRA, but was not registered as a part owner of the vessel. ]



From The Cambrian of Friday October 1906:


Lloyd's Agent at Milford telegraphs:  Steamer Queen Alexandra struck sunken wreckage, four miles S.S.E. of St. Anne's Head, on the 19th inst., damaging stem.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 11th September 1908:




    During the Regatta an exciting adventure took place, and one which might very easily have resulted disastrously. One of the competitors in the sailing boat race, the Gem, belonging to Mr. Jas. Davies, Trafalgar Road, reputed to be a very fast craft, capsized just after the start of the race, and some 200 yards from the shore. The occupants, Mr. Davies, the owner; Mr. Spence Hooper, and Mr. Stanley Higgs. were, of course, thrown into the water. The latter was striking out for the shore, when he heard Hooper cry for help, and he pluckily returned to his aid. Four boats put off from the shore to the rescue, and all three were safely taken into the boat of the steam liner "Queen Alexandra" whilst the Gem was eventually righted. The affair caused tremendous tension amongst the onlookers, who were relieved when the men's safety was assured. The accident occurred whilst manoeuvring for a start; the boat was jibbing, and the boom caught the mizen mast, which caused her to capsize.



From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 2nd October 1908:




The steam trawler Queen Alexandra arrived in the Dock on Tuesday last and landed a large sun fish, which was sold and dispatched to Blackburn. Two of these fish were observed close to the vessel, and the crew managed to harpoon one. It weighed 8 cwt.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 27th October 1909:


    On Monday afternoon several coasting ships which were lying wind-bound in the Harbour made a move to sea in a dead calm.  As they were drifting along off Dale Point, the three masted schooner "Bessie B. Mitchell", of Bangor, bound from that port to London with slates, collided with the schooner "Esperanza", and caused both to drift ashore near the rocks.

    Captain John Brown, Hakin, of the steam liner "Queen Alexandra", saw the plight of the vessels and went to their assistance.  He towed the "Bessie B. Mitchell" back to Milford Docks.  She had her top rails and steering gear damaged. The "Esperanza" got off the rocks herself and sustained considerable damage to her head gear.



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 17th February 1915:



    On Sunday evening two vessels were brought into Milford Haven after being damaged in the high running seas which prevailed in the Channel. The schooner "Camborne" of Beaumaris had her foremast carried away as she was making Dale Roads. She was taken in tow by the steam liner "Queen Alexandra" and brought up to Milford. The steam tug "Campaigner" of Glasgow was found in a disabled condition in the channel by the mission hospital steam trawler "Alpha" and brought safely into Milford Haven on Sunday evening.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 5th May 1915:


John Duckworth, forty five years of age, who was chief engineer on the Milford steam fishing liner "Queen Alexandra", was drowned at Newlyn whilst attempting to get back on board after being ashore.



Note of Protest by William Williams, Master of the schooner "Camborne", Beaumaris, 99 tons.  Bound Dublin from Llanelly with a cargo of anthracite, 12th February 1915:


    Having experienced very bad weather resulting in the foremast and mainmast and all sails being carried away.  The vessel laboured and strained very badly and shipped quantities of water.  We managed to make Dale Point, Milford Haven. and then dropped anchor until weather had considerably moderated.  We were then towed up Milford Haven harbour and into Milford Docks by the steam drifter "Queen Alexandra", for the agreed sum of fifteen pounds (15).



From The Irish Times of Monday 14th June 1915:


The Milford trawler, Queen Alexandra, landed at Milford Haven yesterday morning the captain and 25 crew of the Liverpool barque Crown of India, and the captain and crew of ten of the Norwegian barque, Beilglade.  Both vessels were sunk by U [?] at about 6 o'clock on Saturday night when 70 miles west by south of St. Anne's Head.  The Crown of India was outward bound, from Barry to Pernambuco, with coal, and the Beilglade was on the way home from Halifax to Sharpness with timber.   ................. 


[ 12 Jun 1915: The Norwegian sailing vessel BELLGADE 664 tons, cargo of timber from Halifax NS to Sharpness, was sunk by U-35 (Waldemar Kophamel) off St.Ann's Head.  No casualties.

(uboat.net) ]





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