As A379

Kindly supplied by Derek Butler

Official No:  136161    Port Number and Year: Hull, 1913 (H1020)

                                                                                Aberdeen, 1946 (A379)

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

Crew:  9 men (1913).

Built: 1913, by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing.  (Yard no. 160)

Tonnage: 192 grt  73 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 110.0 / 21.6 / 12.0

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 55 rhp by Earles Co., Hull.



As H1020

7 Nov 1913: Kelsall Bros. & Beeching, Ltd., St. Andrews Dock, Hull

Manager (1913-18): George Beeching, 114 Westbourne Ave., Hull.

                   John E. A. Kelsall, 'Donegal House', Love Lane, Billingsgate, City, London.

Manager (1919-28): John Slater, 7 East India Ave., London E.C.3

                (1928-31): Robert Burton, St. Andrews Dock, Hull.

                (1931-36): Charles H. Emerson. (Same address.)


1936: William Wilcox, 22 Greville Rd., Milford.

Managing owner.


1939: Lewis Wilcox & Co. Ltd., The Docks, Milford.

Manager: William Wilcox, 22 Greville Rd., Milford.


1945: Pair Fishing Co., Docks, Milford.

Manager: Henry J. Richards. (Same address.)


As A379

1946: Nigg Fishing Co., Aberdeen.

Manager: W. Brebner.

Listed in Olsen's 1947 and 1954; not in 1959 Lloyd's Register.


Landed at Milford:

7 Jan 1937 - 30 Nov 1939; 12 Jan 1940 - 11 Dec 1942; 2 Feb 1943 - 16 Mar 1946.

(3 landings in 1946.)

Skippers: Bert Foster (1937)


Oct 1914:  Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper (Admy.No.403)  1 x 6 pdr.AA

1919: Returned to owners.

 Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 9th April 1937:


     The Milford trawlers Shama (H. Westenborg) and Trumpeter (W. Wilcox) left port on Wednesday to begin an experiment which may have a far-reaching effect on local fishing.  These two trawlers, sister ships, were purchased from Hull last Christmas, and being alike in size and power it was though that the Spanish fishing methods might be experimented with successfully.  The Spanish trawlers, which work in pairs, have made some remarkable hake catches, and the results obtained by the local trawlers are awaited with interest.

    Skipper Bert Foster, with mate W. Nightingale, are in charge of the Trumpeter, and Skipper J. King, with mate Arthur Phillips, of the Shama.  Several Spanish fishermen are included in the crews of the two vessels, which are expected to return in about twelve days.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 16th April 1937:


    Trumpeter and Shama had on board 220 kits of fish, mostly hake, and the trip grossed 550, a splendid figure for a ten day voyage.  The boats made only six hauls.  In one haul last Saturday, the Trumpeter brought in 150 baskets (about 60 kit), while another Milford trawler fishing alongside had only five baskets for the same period.



From The Irish Times of Tuesday 25th September 1945, p.1:


Aran Island Lifeboat Rescues 26 Men


    Warned of the impending gale which swept the West of Ireland over the week-end, 13 British steam trawlers, which had been fishing off the Irish coast, put into the comparative shelter of Kilronan Bay, Aran Islands.

    At the height of the gale, however, two of them, the Trumpeter and Ilfracombe from Milford Haven, broke their moorings and were driven on the rocks.

    In reply to their signals of distress the Aran Island lifeboat crew of five manned their boat and for more than three hours fought their way through mountainous seas, first to one vessel and then to another.  With remarkable skill, Coxswain Lynch manoeuvred his little craft until he succeeded in taking off both crews, numbering 26 men, by means of the breeches buoy.

    Convinced that the lifeboat-men had gone to certain death, women knelt on the spray-drenched beach of the island and prayed, while experienced fishermen stood silent and tense on the pier-head.  Great relief was felt when the lights of the returning lifeboat were seen.    

    The Trumpeter was later refloated, but the Ilfracombe is presumed a total loss.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 15th February 1946:


    As a direct sequel to the dispute between the Skippers and Mates Section of the T. & G.W.U and the owners of pair fishing trawlers over the employment of Spanish Fishing Masters, the Spanish method of pareja-fishing has ceased at Milford.

    The "Charmouth" and "Grackle" have already been converted to fish solo, while the "Trumpeter" and "Shama", the other boats belonging to the Pair Fishing Co., will be converted later this month.  The Don Trawler Company's "Tanager" and "Grosbeak" are also coming in for alterations pending their return to fishing singly.

    It will be remembered that the skippers and mates claimed that demobilised local skippers should be put in as masters instead of the Spanish uncertificated fishermen holding the berths, one on each trawler in addition to a normal skipper.  The owners claimed that the Spaniards were indispensable, and that if the Union persisted, they would either move their boats to another port, or convert them to fish singly.  There was a deadlock for a few weeks, and as the skippers and mates were adamant, the trawlers are being converted, but will not leave the port.

    Taking another step in their new policy of fishing with single boats, the Pair Fishing Company has purchased the Castle boat "John Lister" from the Iago Trawling Company of Fleetwood, with which Capt. E. D. W. Lawford is associated.  She will be at Milford early next month, and Skipper Reggie High will be in charge of her.

    The "Charmouth" has been taken out on her first solo trip by Skipper Jack Garnham.




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