John Stevenson Collection

Official No:  129269    Port Number and Year: 16th in Hull, 1910 (H72)

                                                                                  3rd in Milford, 1912

                                                                                     -  in Banff, 1929 (BF19)

Description: Steel liner; steam screw; coal burner. Ketch rigged: foresail, mainsail and mizzen.

Crew: 8 men (1912)

Registered at Milford: 25 Mar 1912

Built: 1909, Charlton & Doughty, Grimsby.

Tonnage: 92.53 grt  32.34 net

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 86.0 / 18.6 / 8.75

Engine: C-3Cyl; 28 rhp; 9 kts; by builders.



As H72

8 Jun 1910: William Nettleton, Lime St., Hull

Managing owner.


As M72

25 Mar 1912: James Hellings, 25 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (Died 19th August 1914)

Sarah Jane Hellings, 25 Hamilton Tce., Milford. (Replaced on 23rd November 1914.)

Francis Percival Locke, Picton Rd., Hakin

Managing owner: John Brown, 'Berlyn Villa', Wellington Rd., Hakin.  


As BF19

17 Jan 1929: George G. McRobbie (& Others), 1 Bridge St., Portsoy, Banff . 

Managing owner.


Landed at Milford:

18 Jan 1912 - 1 Oct 1915; 3 Apr - 17 Nov 1919; 23 Feb 1920 - 25 May 1928.

Skippers: John Brown

Stanley Greystone Allerton 12322


Apr 1915: Broke the port's record for the highest priced catch of 241.

Jan 1916: Taken up by Admiralty (No. 2720), as net layer, harbour service. 1 x 3 pdr. AA.

1919: Returned to owners.

1938: Still owned by G.G. McRobbie & others, when her registry was closed.

[ Thanks to Roger Griffiths for information on VAL's Hull registration. ]

Cert. Cancelled & Registry Closed: 17 Jan 1929.  Vessel transferred to Banff.

Accidents and Incidents


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 16th June 1915:



    Last Thursday another record was made on the fish market. The previous one we recorded that the liner Val had grossed 241, which was a long way ahead of any sum earned by a liner at the port. This however, has now been heavily beaten by the liner "Dartmouth," (Grand & Co.,) which made the remarkable sum of 301 for only four days' fishing. The previous Saturday she left Newlyn where the cargo made 125. These are the days of records evidently in the fish trade.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 8th April 1921:


    There is every possibility of a resuscitation of the fishing trade at Neyland.  We understand that mackerel drifters, which in other years landed their catches at Milford Haven, will this year land at Neyland.

    The steam liner "Val", which usually fishes out of Milford Haven, landed her catch of fish at Neyland on Thursday last.  The proposed development of the ice factory at Neyland will undoubtedly tend to draw trade there, and we understand that the Great Western Railway Company have recently received a deputation on this matter.


As BF19

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