As Inverneill A474 (1937-52)

John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  143910    Port Number and Year:     -  in London, 1919 (LO ?)

                                                                                  1st in Milford, 1920

                                                                                   -   in Granton, 1926 (GN69)

                                                                                   -   in Aberdeen, 1937 (A474)

Description: Strath Class steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen.

Crew:  10 men (1920)

Registered at Milford: 30 Jan 1920

Built: 1917 by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen.  (Yard no. 618)

Tonnage: 215.81 grt  93.28 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.4 / 22.1 / 12.1

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 56.7 nhp.10 kts.  Engine and boiler by builders.




1919: The Admiralty, London.

Manager: The Secretary, Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.


As M84

30 Jan 1920: Frank Berry Rees, Docks, Milford. (21/64)

                     Harry Eastoe Rees, 14 Mirador Cres., Swansea. (21/64)

Managing owner: Alfred William Rainbow, Docks, Milford. (22/64)


16 Mar 1920: Rainbow Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Docks, Milford.

Manager: Harry Eastoe Rees.


9 Nov 1925: David Dryburgh, 27 Jessfield Tce., Leith (1926: 2 Bangholm Park, Leith)

Manager: Robert Bell (jnr.), 2 Link's Place, Leith.

Jul 1926: As INVERNEILL (GN69)

1937:  Robert Baxter, 74 Hammersmith Rd., Aberdeen.

Managing owner. 

20 May 1938: As A474.


1940: Bunch Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby. 

Manager: Herbert G. Crampin  (Directed to Fleetwood under wartime control.)


1949: Camperdown Fishing Co. Ltd., Aberdeen.

Manager: John Walker.


c.1953: Camperdown Fishing Co., Aberdeen

Manager: J. Walker.

[Olsen's 1954.]


Landed at Milford:  5 Aug 1919.

(M84) 7 Jan 1920 - 30 Oct 1925

Skippers: George Cooper (1920); John Wilson 15197 (Nov 1925).


Samuel Barkas, age 23, born Lancaster; Landsman, HMS Victory, Trafalgar.

7 Jun 1917: Launched and completed as a minesweeper (Admy. no. 3650). 1x12 pdr.

1920: Sold to mercantile.

27 Feb 1929: Ran ashore in dense fog near Dunbar, East Scotland. Refloated with the assistance  of Leith tug EARL OF POWIS.

28 Mar 1939Attacked in North Sea by German aircraft; Mate John Carsey was wounded.

1952: Transferred to Fleetwood.

1956: Broken up at Charlestown, Fife

[Information from Fleetwood Steam and Sailing Trawler website, and Granton Trawler website.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 6 Jul 1926. Transferred to the port of  Granton.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 25th October 1925:


    On Saturday morning the steam trawler "Samuel Barkas" came in and landed her cook, Mr Edward Chalk, a married man, living in Fulke Street, who was suffering from severe burns.  He was taken to Doctor Williams' surgery, and his injuries attended to, after which he was conveyed to the County Hospital, Haverfordwest.

    It appears that while the trawler was at sea, and Chalk was attending to his duties in the galley, something seems to have been in the coal of a very inflammable nature, for there was an explosion and a burst out of flames, which scorched the cook severely about the head.



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