From the Les Jones Archive.  

Official No:  145055    Port Number and Year: 512th in London, 1920 (LO472)

                                                                                    3rd in Milford, 1951

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

Crew:  10 men (1920); 11 men (1951); 12 men (1953).

Registered at Milford: 1 Jul 1951

Built: 1917, by John Duthie, Aberdeen.  (Yard no. 431)

Tonnage: 210.18 grt  83.26 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  115.6  / 22.1 / 12.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 56.7 nhp. 10.5 kts. Engine: 1917, by William Beardmore & Co., Coatbridge, Glasgow. Boiler: 1917, by David Row & Co., Glasgow.




12 Oct 1920: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.


11 Mar 1922: Ivey Steam Co. Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: Robert J. Williams, 'Aldworth', Hakin.


15 Dec 1931: Oliver Johnstone,  'Rock House', Hazelbeach, Neyland.

Managing owner.


13 Oct 1939: Henry J. Horwood, 6 Waterloo Rd., Hakin.

Managing owner.


1946: Ocean Fisheries (M. Laboa), The Docks, Milford.

Manager: Henry J. Horwood.


7 Jun 1951: Goodleigh Fisheries Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: Henry John Richards, Bulford, Johnston

24 Jul 1951: As EASTLEIGH M150


19 Feb 1953: John Charles Llewellin (Trawlers) Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: J. C. Llewellin


5 May 1953: South Western Trawlers Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: J. C. Llewellin


Landed at Milford: THOMAS ANSELL 4 Mar 1922 - 15 Jun 1951.

EASTLEIGH 1 Jul 1951 - 6 Nov 1952.

Skippers: William Burgoyne (1939 - see newspaper report below);  Robert Marr (1951).


Thomas Ansell, age 28, born Barnet, Hereford; A.B., HMS VICTORY, at Trafalgar.

Eastleigh is in Hampshire, between Southampton and Winchester. [Wikipedia.

24 Jun 1917: Completed for the Admiralty (no. 3616). 1x12 pdr.

1939-45: Fishery Trawler.

1946: Bought for 12,000

1950: Sold for 3,500

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 24 Jun 1953.  Vessel broken up at Ward's Yard, Castle Pill.

Accidents and Incidents


From "The Manchester Guardian" of Wednesday 18th January 1939:


    Three members of the crew of the Milford trawler Thomas Ansell were taken off by breeches buoy yesterday at Fort Charles, Kinsale (County Cork), during a violent south-westerly gale when the vessel appeared to be in difficulty.
    As the weather showed signs of improving the trawler's skipper, William Burgoyne, asked the life-saving crew not to remove any more men, but to remain in readiness. Later the trawler continued her voyage and reached Kinsale harbour.



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