Before conversion to diesel (see below)

John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  149246    Port Number and Year:   Lowestoft, 1930.

Description: Steel side drifter trawler; steam screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.

Crew: 9 men (1930).

Built:  1930, by J. Chambers, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.  (Yard no. 583)

Tonnage: 115 grt  52 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 92.0  / 20.1  / 9.4

Engine: T.3-cyl; 50 rhp; by William Burrell, Great Yarmouth.

1958: Oil, 6 Cyl; 50 bhp, 335 ihp; by Ruston & Hornsby.



11 Oct 1930: Herring Fishing Co. Ltd., Stanford View, Battery Green, Lowestoft.

Manager: Ritson J. Tripp, 'The Beeches', Kessingland, Suffolk.


1936: Sydney J. Tripp, 'St. Edmunds', Kessingland, Suffolk.

Managing owner.


1945: Vigilant Fishing Co., Lowestoft.

Manager: David F. Cartwright, MBE, MC.


1954: Mitchell Bros. (Tritonia Ltd.), Lowestoft.

Manager: Arthur Charles Mitchell, Docks, Milford.


Landed at Milford: (Seasonal) 1 Mar - 22 Nov 1931; 21 Feb - 26 Sep 1932; 14 Mar - 24 Sep 1933;

26 Mar - 22 Nov 1934; 27 Jan - 1 Oct 1935.

(Seasonal) 9 Mar - 16 Sep 1954; 28 Feb - 8 Sep 1955.

(Regular) 25 Feb 1956 - 11 Nov 1957; 13 Apr - 30 May 1958.

Skippers: James Green (1955).


14 Sep 1934: TRITONIA's 2nd Eng., J. Aldred, missing in collision with ferry DUKE OF LANCASTER in Morecombe Bay. 

Nov 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (P.No.FY.973)

Jan 1946: Returned to owners.

1976: Broken up.

Accidents and Incidents

From The Irish Times of Saturday 13th August 1955, p. 9:


25 fine on trawler skipper

    A fine of 25, with confiscation of fishing gear, was imposed at a special court, in Waterford, on James Green, skipper of the trawler Tritonia, of Milford haven, which was arrested by the corvette Maeve, and charged with entering Irish territorial waters off Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford, for the purpose of fishing.

    A charge of fishing within the limits was dismissed [sic], and District Justice McCabe ordered that the gear be confiscated.  James Green, the skipper, said he thought that he was outside the limit and had no intention of evading the Maeve.


From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 19th August 1955:


    After he had refused a direction by Mr. Justice McCabe at a special court in Waterford, Mr. M. M. Halley, solicitor defending, pleaded guilty on behalf of Jack Greene, skipper of the Lowestoft-registered fishing trawler Tritonia, the property of Mitchell Brothers, Milford, to a charge of having entered within the exclusive sea fishing limits of Ireland, for the purpose of unlawful fishing on August 11th, a fine of 25 was imposed and order made confiscating the fish and trawler's gear.

    Mr. Halley pointed out that his client was on the red line of Close's Chart, which was a map of fishing grounds used in Britain.


After conversion to diesel

Barry Banham copyright photograph


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