Official No:  143862    Port Number and Year: 630th in London, 1919 (LO ?)

                                                                                    6th in Milford, 1920          

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

Crew:  10 men

Registered at Milford: 24 Jun 1920

Built: 1918 by Hepple & Co., South Shields (Yard no. 646)

Tonnage: 275.0 grt   109.22 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.1 / 23.4 / 12.65

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 60.7 nhp.10 kts.  Engine by Bellis & Morcom, Birmingham, and boiler by Palmer Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Hebburn on Tyne.




1919: The Admiralty, London.

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



24 Jun 1920:  Harry Eastoe Rees, 14 Mirador Cres., Swansea.

Managing owner: H.E. Rees, Docks, Milford.

9 Aug 1920: TRAWLER PRINCE M104


23 Aug 1920: Swansea Steam Trawling Co., South Docks, Swansea. (By 1932: Docks, Milford.)

Manager: Harry E. Rees, 14 Mirador Cres., Swansea. (By 1932: 'Mirador', The Rath, Milford.)


25 Aug 1933:  Harry Eastoe Rees, 'Mirador', The Rath, Milford.

Managing owner.

18 Aug 1938: As TRANIO M104


Landed at Milford:

As WILLIAM FLEMMING LO?:  28 Oct 1919; 20 May 1920.

As TRAWLER PRINCE M104: 18 Aug 1920 - 14 Aug 1938

As TRANIO M104: 28 Aug 1938  - 2 Sep 1939

Skippers: W. E. Wales 5484 (1920); Jno. Coaker 4190 (1921); Albert E. Seeling (1933);  J. W. Setterfield 3670 (1939) [See 1939 local newspaper report below.]


William Flemming, age 32, born Lynn, Norfolk; Quartergunner, HMS POLYPHEMUS; at Trafalgar.

Tranio is a trusty servant in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

18 May 1918: Completed as WILLIAM FLEMMING and equipped with listening hydrophones (Admy. no. 3746). 1 x 12 pdr.  1 x 3.5" bomb thrower (A/S howitzer)

1920: Registered at London and sold to mercantile as WILLIAM FLEMMING then renamed TRAWLER PRINCE when registered at Milford.  [Information kindly supplied by Gil Mayes.]

Oct 1939: Requisitioned as TRANIO and converted to a minesweeper.

21 May 1941:  Shot down an enemy aircraft.   [See "The Times" report below.]

26 Jun 1941: Sunk by German aircraft off Smith's Knoll whilst on tow in the North Sea. (No casualties.)

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 9 Oct 1941.  Vessel lost on the 27 June 1941, whilst on Admiralty service.

 Accidents and Incidents


From The Irish Times of Monday 7th March 1938, p.8:



                                                                                                                FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

                                                                                                                                                        GALWAY, Sunday

    "It seems to be most unlikely that they will be able to refloat her," said the first mate of the Dun Aengus, on Saturday, when asked if he thought it would be possible to save the steam trawler Tranio, of Milford Haven, which went aground at Killiney, Aran Islands, on Friday night.  Another trawler, Prince, also from Milford Haven, is ready to render assistance.  Another effort to refloat her will be made on Monday with the help of the Prince.


[The "PRINCE" referred to is presumably TRAWLER PRINCE M104, which was renamed TRANIO M104, after the stranding of TRANIO M196.  See following newspaper report.]



From an unknown local newspaper, dated c. 15th September 1938:


    Some people were rather mystified when they saw the steam trawler "Tranio" going out of dock on Tuesday.  Only last week it was reported that the "Tranio", which went on the rocks on the west coast of Ireland some months ago had been salvaged and sold.  The explanation is that the steam trawler "Trawler Prince" (owned by Messrs. H. E. Rees and Co.) has had her name changed to "Tranio".  She is now on her first voyage under the new name.



From an unknown local newspaper dated c. 26th January 1939:


    Trawlers arriving in the harbour on Tuesday afternoon and others entering the Milford Docks this morning reported serious damage, and some of them presented full evidence of their terrible experiences fighting the heavy seas in the Atlantic during the weekend.  Hardly a vessel escaped without some damage, and several lost their boats.

    Worst of all was the experience of the 'Tranio' (formerly the 'Trawler Prince'), owners Messrs. H. E. Rees & Co.  This vessel presented a sorry sight, with her wheelhouse practically washed away and the funnel badly dented, as well as other damage.  The Skipper, W. Setterfield, Vaynor Road, and the Mate, Horace Setterfield, were on the bridge when a tremendous sea struck the ship, and they were fortunate to escape death.  As it was, the Skipper was so seriously injured - spinal, it is feared - and cut, that he has had to be conveyed to hospital.



The Times, Wednesday, May 21, 1941; pg. 2; Issue 48931; col E
      News in Brief




    The following Admiralty statement was issued last night:-

    On Monday night a Heinkel 111 was engaged and shot down off the East Coast by H.M. trawlers Tranio (Lieutenant A. L. G. Gillies, R.N.R.), Caswell (Skipper J. W. V. Jobson, R.N.R.), Thomas Leeds (Temporary Skipper R. A. Cook, R.N.R.), and Stella Leonis (Acting Skipper Lieutenant W. Perritt, R.D., R.N.R.).

    The enemy aircraft had previously been under fire and damaged by H.M. Minesweeper Princess Elizabeth (Temporary Lieutenant F. A. Smyth, R.N.R.)  No casualty or damage was sustained by our ships.




Thursday, 26 June 1941

Minesweeping trawler TRANIO (275grt, T/LT A.L.G. Gillies RNR), in tow, was sunk by German bombing near No. 57 Buoy (Smith's Knoll).

There were no casualties on the trawler.




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