As LADY STANLEY A543 (1948-60)

John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  143865   Port Number and Year:  633rd in London, 1919 (LO412)

                                                                                  85th in Hull, 1923 (H885)

                                                                                    1st in Milford, 1936

                                                                                      -  in Fleetwood, 1939 (FD125)

                                                                                      -  in Aberdeen, 1948 (A543)

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

Crew:  10 men

Registered at Milford: 13 Feb 1936

Built: 1917 by J. P. Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields. (Yard no. 305)

Tonnage: 276 grt  111 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 125.3 / 23.4 / 12.6

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 153 ihp.10 kts.  Engine by builders; boiler by North East Marine Engineering Co., Sunderland.




24 Aug 1920: The Admiralty, London.

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



26 Nov 1923:  Hull Northern Fishing Co., St. Andrew's Dock, Hull

Manager: William R. Nowell. (1923-29)

                 Frank O. Hellyer & Owen S. Hellyer. (1929-36)


As M196

11 Feb 1936:  Harry Eastoe Rees, 'Mirador', The Rath, Milford.

Managing owner.


28 Feb 1936: Harry Eastoe Rees, Docks, Milford (32/64)

Bernard L. Koppehagen, 'Alton House', Bessborough Rd., Roehampton.  (32/64)

Manager: H. E. Rees


Nov 1938: Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co., Hull

Manager: Basil A. Parkes, 'Links Gate', Thornton-le-Fylde, Lancs.

4 Jan 1939: As LADY STANLEY FD125


1945: J. C. Llewellin (Trawlers), Milford.

Manager: John Charles Llewellin.

[Fishing from Hull under Saint Andrew's Steam Fishing Co. ]



1948: Stephen Fishing Co., Aberdeen

Manager: John N. Stephen.

From 1956-59: Seafield Fishing Co., Aberdeen.


Landed at Milford: (As TRANIO H885)  21 Feb 1936.

(As TRANIO M196) 7 Mar 1936 - 27 Feb 1938.



George Clarke, age 24, born in Stockport, nr. Manchester; O.S., HMS VICTORY, Trafalgar.

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

Lady Stanley was widowed in October 1938, Lord Stanley having been MP for the Fylde Division of Lancashire from 1922 until his death.

2 Oct 1917: Launched as GEORGE CLARKE and completed as a minesweeper (Admy. no. 3714). 1 x 12 pdr.

1919: On temporary loan to USN.

1922: Sold to mercantile and renamed TRANIO.

13 Jan 1933: Aground 1˝ miles NE of Spurn Pt., during thick fog.  Refloated on 14 Jan, and proceeded to Hull. [ The Times, Monday 16th January 1933. ]

4 Mar 1938: Stranded on rocks off Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Declared a total loss and abandoned to the underwriters, but salved by islanders.  [See story below.]

10 Nov 1939: Ran ashore at Swilke Point, Stromo; towed by WIGMORE GY469 to Hull for repairs.

1940: Requisitioned as LADY STANLEY and converted to auxiliary patrol vessel (P.No. 4.233)

May 1941: Converted to a minesweeper.

Sep 1945: Returned to owners.

1960-62: Broken up at Charlestown, Fife.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 13 May 1938.  Vessel transferred to the port of Fleetwood.

 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 another of H.E. Rees' fleet, TRAWLER PRINCE M104, which was renamed TRANIO M104, after the stranding of TRANIO M196.]


From an unknown local newspaper dated Thursday 10th March 1938:


News was received on Friday last that the Milford steam trawler 'Tranio', owned by Messrs. H. E. Rees & Co., had gone ashore on the rocks on Arran Island, off Galway.  According to a report, it was hoped to refloat the trawler on an early tide.  It is expected that part of the crew will come home, and if and when the vessel is got off the rocks, she can be towed back to Milford.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th November 1938:



"Total Wreck" Refloated

    Islanders who amazed the world a few years ago by their acting in the film "Man of Aran" have now astounded engineers by salvaging a ship which under-writers had given up as a total wreck.

    The ship, the Milford Haven steam trawler Tranio, went on the rocks a few months ago in Kilronan Bay, Aran, the bleak chain of islands off the Galway coast, where Robert Flaherty made his film.


    Her crew was saved, but the rocks held her so fast that salvage companies abandoned her to the pounding of the Atlantic rollers.  Underwriters are understood to have paid out the insurance to her owners.

    Then the men of Aran rowed out to the vessel, removed everything possible so as to lighten her,

    This done, they heaped tons of peat round the ship at each low water, lit it and kept the fire burning until the heat split the rock.



    The released trawler was towed into harbour, where holes torn in her bottom were filled with concrete.

    The islanders then sold the trawler to a fishing company at whose headquarters in Fleetwood she arrived during the weekend.

    Now the 21-year-old vessel is to be fitted with a new bottom before joining the fishing fleet.

    When the "Tranio" was given up as a total wreck, Messrs. H. E. Rees and Co. changed the name of another of their vessels to "Tranio", and this boat is now fishing out of Milford.


[ Note: TRANIO went on to do it again.  13.05.1938: Sold to Saint Andrew’s Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Hull (B. A. Parkes, manager). 04.01.1939: Renamed LADY STANLEY (FD125). 10.11.1939: When in transit in Pentland Firth in darkness ran ashore at Swilke Point, Stroma. Badly pounded but slipped off rocks and taken in tow by WIGMORE (GY469) and after checks proceeded in company for the Humber. Repaired at Hull.   Thanks to Gilbert Mayes for this information.]


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