John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  143265   Port and Year: Scarborough, 1919 (SH131)

                                                                London, 1925 (LO38)

                                                                North Shields, 1933 (SN5)

Description: Strath Class steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.

Crew:  10 men (1928).

Built: 1919,  Abdela & Mitchell, Queensferry.  (Yard no. 442)

Tonnage:  206 grt  94 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.7 / 22.1 / 12.2

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 80 rhp; by builders.




1919: The Stepney Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., 16 West Pier, Scarborough.

                                                                         7 Sandside, Scarborough. (1920.)

Manager: Charles A. Oxley, 25 Franklin St., Scarborough.


By 1922: Co-operative Fishing Society, Ltd., 7 Sandside, Scarborough.

Manager: Christopher Naylor. (Same address.)

                  Charles A. Oxley, 72 Tennyson Ave., Scarborough. (1923.)



13 Feb 1925: Thomas Jenkerson, Norfolk Villa, Milford.

Managing owner.



19 Dec 1933: Richard Irvin, 'The Grove', Preston Park, North Shields.

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford: 17 Mar 1925 - 1 Nov 1933

Skippers: Edward C. Thomas (1932); Horace Foster Setterfield.


20 Dec 1918: Launched for the Admiralty (no.3853) as JOHN KENNEDY.

1 Jul 1919: Completed as a fishing vessel, and sold to mercantile.

Aug 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (P.No. 4.408) as GILLIAN, and fitted out for the Examination Service.

Aug 1945: Returned to owners.

Sep 1957: Broken up at Gateshead.

 Accidents and Incidents

From a transcription of an undated statement (c.1933) in the Les Jones Archive:


Owners Master and Crew of Steam Trawler "Tom Jenkerson" of Port of London

 - v

The Steam Trawler "Lord Durham"

  of Port of Grimsby

   and her catch of Fish




Mr. Horace Setterfield

Master of the "Tom Jenkerson"


While trawling in Galway Bay off Haggs Head on July 19th, strong wind E.N.E. at about 10 p.m. we were towing close to the steam trawler "Lord Durham" G.Y.899 when he suddenly blew his whistle and then put up his white light as for a vessel at anchor.

 I then tried to pull over to clear him as I thought he was fast to the bottom but found out after that he was lying with his gear out and could not get it in as his winch was broken. Then we caught his gear I then hove up and cleared it. I spoke to him at the time and he told me that he was helpless as his boiler was leaking and I asked him if I should stand by him as the weather was bad at the time. Then I asked him if I should tow him into safety but he did not think it was necessary then as he did not know what was really wrong with his boiler so I laid by mending our net when he blew his whistle for me to come to him.

          When I got there he asked me to tow him out clear of the land. I then took him in tow and was towing him about half an hour when we parted as there was a big ground swell running at the time. I did not get hold of him again but stood by him until daylight when he hoisted distress signals.

 I then went to him and asked him what was the matter. He said his boiler was too bad to do anything with at sea. I then asked him to let me tow him in but there was two Swansea trawlers coming in our direction but a long way off so he waited for one of them as they belonged to the same Company.

So he preferred to wait for one of them to come to him, chance whether they saw him or not. So when I saw he would not engage me to tow him I went down towards the "Amroth Castle" and signalled to him that the "Lord Durham" was in distress and required assistance. The "Amroth Castle" then hove up his gear and went to him and took him in tow.


July 24th/25th

         On Friday night while fishing in the same vicinity as above stated, my gear came fast to an obstruction and, on heaving up my gear, I found I had another set of gear foul of mine which I believe was that of the steam trawler "Lord Durham".

I saved the most of it, but the trawl was badly fouled and torn and by catching this gear my own trawl was ruined so that I had to condemn it and put a new one alongside.



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