RIG R139


As BCK92 (1911-26)

John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  132147    Port and Year: 11th in Buckie, 1911 (BCK92)

                                                                   -      -  Ramsgate, 1920  (R139)          

Description: Steel side drifter trawler; coal fired. Ketch rigged


Built: by Mackay Bros., Alloa in 1911.  (Yard no. 12)

Tonnage: 96 grt  33 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 87.0 / 18.6 / 8.9

Engine: T 3-Cyl; 40 rhp; by W.V.V. Lidgerwood, Glasgow



As BCK92

19 Jun 1911:  John Coull (jnr.), 131 Main St., Blackpool, Buckie, Banffshire.

Managing owner.


As R139

10 Feb 1920: The Invicta Trawling & Fishing Co. Ltd., Ice House, Military Rd., Ramsgate.

Manager: Henry W. Hire. (Same address. 1920-22)

                Henry Goudbourn, 41 Grove Rd., Ramsgate. (1923-24)


1924: Kent Trawlers Ltd., 22 Military Rd., Ramsgate.

Manager: Henry Goudbourn, 41 Grove Rd., Ramsgate.


1926: Char Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Cottage Rd., Ramsgate.

Manager: Alfred H. Lanfear (jnr.), 39 Grove Rd., Ramsgate.


1946: Drifter Trawler Co. (H.E. Rees), Docks, Milford.

Manager: Harry Eastoe Rees.


Landed at Milford:

Seasonal   3 Sep - 11 Oct 1926; 22 Feb - 28 Oct 1927; 13 Mar - 4 Nov 1928. 

Regular: 23 Feb 1929 - 22 Dec 1935; 31 Aug 1936 -  2 Dec 1939; 28 Feb 1947 - 13 Nov 1952.



Jan 1916: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as a tender; based Longhope.

12 Mar 1919: Returned to owner.

5 Sep 1920: Struck a submerged mine with the trawl net near the Galloper Light.  The mine exploded, destroying a trawl board, and knocking the men on deck over.  [The Times, Tuesday 7th September 1920.]

Oct 1935-38: Seasonal white fishing from Fleetwood. (Bowden Ramster & Alex Keay, managing agent.)

5 Dec 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as a minesweeper and later auxiliary patrol vessel. (P.No.FY.1540).

Nov 1945: Returned to owners.

10 Jun 1953: Broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.

[Thanks to Gil Mayes for additional information on ownership and Fleetwood landings.]

Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 12th June 1953:


     The trawler Deeside (Mr. W. Kerr), which left Milford in 1946 to fish out of Lowestoft, is returning to the port and is now fishing a trip round.   At one time the Deeside, a crabber class boat, was paired with the Bellerophon.

    Another trawler returning to Milford next week is the Hosanna (Mr. W. Wilcox), which has been fishing out of Fleetwood for some months.  A third trawler, the Homeleigh, (Mr. H. Westenborg) is being brought back from Fleetwood by a scratch crew, but it is understood she will be going to the breakers' yard. 

    Two more small Milford trawlers left this week for the breakers' yard at Pill Point.  They are the Rig and Loyal Star, which formerly belonged to Messrs. H. H. Rees and Co.



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