John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  137723    Port Number and Year:   Ramsgate, 1920

Description: Steel side / drifter trawler, steam screw, coal burning.


Built: 1920, Coaster Construction Co., Montrose. 

Tonnage: 92 grt  39 net. (1948: 100 grt, as cargo vessel.)

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  87.0  / 18.5  / 8.9

Engine: TE 34 hp; 270 ihp = 9 kts.

1948: Skandia 120 hp.  1958: Wichmann Diesel, 160 hp; 8 kts.



1920: Char Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Stores, Cottage Rd., Ramsgate.

Manager: Alfred H. Lanfear jnr., 20 South Eastern Rd., Ramsgate.


1922: Thomas W. Chapman, 'Grassholm', Crescent Rd., Ramsgate.

Managing owner.

1924: Char Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Stores, Cottage Rd., Ramsgate.

Manager: Alfred H. Lanfear jnr., 20 South Eastern Rd., Ramsgate.

1 Aug 1947: Kai L. Møller, Svendborg, Denmark.


1948:  M. Petersen, Årøsund, Denmark.



Nov 1954: Aksel & Olav Johannessen, Mosterhamm on Bømlo, Norway.


[Succession of Scandinavian owners - see below.]


Landed at Milford: Seasonal (Mar - Oct) 1923 - 1935

Regular 10 Jan 1936 - 30 Nov 1939.  25 Jul, 1 Aug 1947.

Skippers: Daniel George Mynheer (1933-36)


29 Nov 1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to a minesweeper.  (P.No. FY.1507); harbour duties by the end of the war.

8 Jul 1946: Returned to owners.

1948: Rebuilt as cargo vessel in Denmark.

2002: As ALVEI, registered in Port Vila, Vanuatu; based in Nelson NZ; trading in South Pacific.

Nov 2013: Ashore in Brisbane.

Further information from; page ALVEI - IMO 6706644

Accidents and Incidents

From an unknown local newspaper, dated c. 6th February 1936:


It was a very sad home coming on Thursday morning last when the Ramsgate steam trawler Tweenways, owner Mr A. H. Lanfear, returned to Milford Haven with the body of acting Mate Mr John William Nowell, aged forty nine, of 41, Brooke Avenue.

It appears that the deceased, who had been out of a ship for some time only joined the Tweenways on the previous Saturday to take the place of the regular Mate, who was ashore ill.  Up to the Wednesday deceased appear to be his usual active self.

Early on Thursday morning he was on watch when he complained of pains in his chest, which he thought were due to indigestion.  The Skipper, Mr A. Mynheer, told him to go to his bunk and he himself took on the watch.

At seven o'clock, Skipper Mynheer completed his watch, and went below to the cabin.   Mr Nowell still appeared to be asleep and when the Skipper threw a blanket over him he noticed there was no sign of breathing.  They were about eighteen miles off St. Ann's Head, and the Skipper at once returned to port.




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