John Stevenson Collection
Official No: 303684 Port and Year: Lowestoft, 1962
Description: Steel side trawler; single screw, motor.
Built: 1962, by Brook Marine, Lowestoft. (Yard no. 282)
Tonnage: 166 grt 56 net.
Length / breadth / depth (feet): 98 / 22.7 / 11.6
Engine: 4 SA 5 Cyl; 500 bhp., by A.K. Diesels.
1962: Inshore Trawlers, Lowestoft.
1969: Norrard Trawlers, Docks, Milford
Manager: Fred Ingram.
1982: J. Scupham, Lowestoft.
c.1983: T. R. & J. D. Davey, Lowestoft.
Landed at Milford: 8 Apr 1969 - c.1983
Skippers: 1968-71: Rees Evans. 1978-81: J. Mason; W.A. Simpson; G. Tripp; J. Manson; R. Johnson
1985: Broken up at Mistley, Essex. [ Information kindly supplied by David Slinger. ]
Accidents and Incidents
Axe Falls On Milford Fishing
From the West Wales Guardian of an unknown Friday in April 1969:
Great news for Milford and its fishing industry is today's announcement by the Norrard Trawling Co. that they have purchased two near-water trawlers from Lowestoft. They are the 100ft. Bryher and Rosevear, 5-year-old diesel engined trawlers belonging to W. H. Podd of Lowestoft.
Speaking to a "Guardian" reporter, Mr. Alan Packman, a Director of Norrard, said the firm had tendered for all five trawlers in the Podd fleet. "We have got two of them, we are very pleased about it and we are hoping to get the vessels around to Milford next week.
The new boats will bring the Norrard fleet up to twelve vessels, nine of them in the ownership of the firm and three under management. Norrard Trawlers were formed in 1946 by the late Mr. Fed Ingram, D.S.M., who had sailed as a trawler engineer and who had unbounded confidence in the men and the industry locally.
Since his lamented death in an accident, the Company's high traditions have been maintained by members of his family, and their latest purchases are an earnest of their intentions and hope in the future of the industry and the port. They come at a time when Milford's fleet has been reduced to 18 vessels and the additions can do nothing but good. All will join with us in commending the firm on their courage and enterprise and wish them well.
From the Pembrokeshire Telegraph of Wednesday 13th May 1971:
The skipper of Milford Haven's top trawler for 1970, the Rosevear, Mr. Rees Evans of Solva, has set a precedent in the port by going it alone and buying his own trawler. The boat, which hails from Brixham, is a 75-footer and has recently undergone improvements which cost the previous owner a considerable amount of money.
Mr. Evans and his crew of four took the boat out on steaming trials today (Wednesday), prior to sailing for a short stay in the fishing grounds for tests.
The agent for Mr. Rees Evans is Milford businessman Mr. Peter Wright, who said last night: "This could be the start of a new era in fishing in Milford. It sounds a good boat and though it is early days yet, it sounds a good thing."
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 16th June 1978:
(Exclusive by Ethel Clark)
The axe which been poised over Milford Haven's fishing industry finally fell on Thursday when Norrard Trawlers Ltd. announced that they are going into liquidation.
In an exclusive statement issued to the "Guardian" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the directors of the firm announced that their five trawlers are ceasing operations. This means the end of Milford's fishing industry as a viable concern.
The Norrard vessels involved are the Bryher, Rosevear, Picton Sea Lion, Picton Sea Eagle and Norrard Star.
This means that Milford Haven is left with only two small trawlers, the Westerdale, owned by Mr. Bruno Linke and the Arthur Harvey, owned by two local tugmasters.
[ This decision was rescinded seven weeks later, on 4th August 1978.]
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 24th October 1980:
NEW BLOW MAY SIGNAL THE END OF MILFORD FISHING
A CRUCIAL new threat to the future viability of Milford Haven's fishing industry has arisen with the laying-up of the port's top-earning trawler, the PICTON SEA EAGLE.
The 110 ft. 22-year-old trawler has a suspected cracked engine block and is laid-up in Milford docks, along with two other Norrard Trawlers ships — the NORRARD STAR and the PICTON SEA LION.
A marine surveyor will inspect the EAGLE next week and on his findings will depend Norrard's decision about the future of the Company, which now has only two vessels operating — the BRYHER and ROSEVEAR.
Norrard Trawlers admit that the withdrawal of the EAGLE is a "bad blow". It is Norrard which has been the vital cog in Keeping Milford's fishing industry going in recent years and the whole future of fishing at the port is crucially linked with that of the Company.
From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 31st December 1982:
Milford Trawler Fleet On Stop
Following this week's rejection by trawlermen of a one per cent cut in their share of the catch, four ships belonging to Milford Haven's largest trawler firm are "on stop" and may never go to sea again.
Norrard Trawlers director Mr. Fred Ingram said on Thursday, "I cannot see the boats ever going back to sea again." The vessels involved are the Norrard Star, Picton Sea Eagle, Bryher and Rosevear.
Soaring fuel costs now take up 37 per cent of a trawler's operating costs compared with the 10 per cent involved when the present agreement with the men was made whereby they get 36 per cent of the gross catch.
[The dispute was settled on 13th January 1983, when the crews agreed to a 10 per cent pay cut on all catches up to £7,000.]
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