John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  160874    Port and Year:  Hull, 1930  (H184)     

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

Crew: 11 men (1929).

Built: by Goole Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Goole; in 1930.  (Yard no. 289 )

Tonnage:   249 grt  94 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.3 / 22.5 / 12.4

Engine:  T.3-Cyl; 51 rhp.; by Amos & Smith, Hull. 1954: Diesel engine fitted.



30 Oct 1929: Kelsall Bros. & Beeching, Ltd., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull.

Manager: Robert Burton, 'Ardlui', Davenport Ave., Hessle, E. Yorks.


Sep 1936: Cyril Purdy & Others, 'Sheringham', Great North Road, Milford.

Managing owner.


1950: Fredrik Kvilhaug, Egersund.


1954: A.P.Svindland P/R, Varaldsøy.


Landed at Milford: 20 Sep 1936 - 27 May 1949

Skippers: Wilfred Perrett; Arthur Howe (1940).


Solan is a gannet, a large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish; also called a "solan goose".

1930: "Admiral's Ship", of the Gamecock Fleet, Hull.

16 Aug 1940: Admiralty War Diary: Trawler Solan H184 attacked by 3 aircraft at 1415/16 10 miles W.S.W. Smalls. One aerial torpedo dropped which missed. Ship was then machine-gunned. Aircraft left on approach of a destroyer. No damage or casualties. (

1970s: Broken up.

Accidents and Incidents

 From an unknown local newspaper from the week beginning 23rd August 1936:


    We have further good news for the port that yet another trawler has been purchased and will be added to the fleet in a week or so.  Hull has again proved to be a happy hunting ground, and the vessel will prove to be one of the most modern and best equipped in the port of Milford.

    Only built in 1930, the Solan was the admiral's ship of the famous Game Cock Fleet of Hull.  She is 120 feet in length and contains every conceivable gadget that goes to make for efficiency in fishing.  As for a skipper, the Solan will have one of the most successful fishermen in the port, Mr. Wilfred Perrett, who for many years has been in charge of the s.t. Dandara. 

    This vessel will be the most modern in the port, and may be brought round next week.



From an unknown local newspaper from the week beginning 6th September 1936:


    The two latest additions to the fleet are expected to land their first catches at their new port shortly.  The s.t. Solan, which has been purchased from Hull by the brothers C. and O. Purdy, will be leaving Hull after her overhaul today, and she will fish a trip on the way round.

    The other trawler is the s.t. Grenada, which has been purchased at Grimsby by the young Milford firm of Messrs. Yolland and Lewellyn.  She is of the crabbing class of trawler that has been doing very well at the port.  She is undergoing a refit at Grimsby under the supervision of Skipper John Yolland, senior, who will bring her round to the West Coast for her first voyage shortly.



From an unknown local newspaper from the week beginning 20th September 1936:


    In the throes of the fishing troubles a bright spot was provided on Monday by the arrival of Messrs. Purdy's new trawler, the s.t. Solan.  The vessel only had three days' fishing and landed 115 kits of mixed fish which grossed just over £200, a very good start.  During her stay in dock she was visited by many people.



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