Photo by Peter Brady, Fleetwood Maritime Heritage Trust.  

Official No:    303256   Port Number and Year: 5th in Milford, 1962

                                                                                    -  in Grimsby, 1967 (GY1387)

                                                                                   -   in Aberdeen, 1968 (A67)

Description:  Steel side trawler; single screw motor vessel.

Crew: 12 men

Registered at Milford: 26 Oct 1962

Built: by Atlantic Shipbuilding, Newport, Mon., in 1962.  (Yard no. 87)

Tonnage: 308.38 gross 97.09 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  120.9 / 26.55 / 12.15

Engine: One internal combustion vertical, oil; four single acting. 6 Cyl; 875 bhp; 13 kts.  Mirrlees National, Stockport



As M135

27 Oct 1962:  Welsh Fisheries Ltd., 26a Hamilton Tce., Milford

Manager: Henry William Kerr, Ships' Chandler, Docks, Milford



6 Mar 1967: Ross Trawlers, Ross House, Fish Docks, Grimsby

Manager: John Malcolm Ross.



Jan 1968: British United Trawlers (Aberdeen) Ltd., Aberdeen.


1970: Craig Stores (Aberdeen) Ltd., Aberdeen.


By 1979: British United Trawlers (Aberdeen).


Landed at Milford: 25 Oct 1962 - 8 Feb 1964



In 1980, CEDARLEA left Aberdeen, where she was lying derelict, and headed south, as a replacement for the offshore "pirate" station Radio Caroline. She was, however, abandoned in Ipswich until sold for 5,000 to Greenpeace, who renamed her GREEN PEACE.  In 1982, together with another Greenpeace vessel, SIRIUS, she tracked down a fleet of Dutch ships, attempting the largest sea dump ever undertaken in the heart of the rich fishing grounds off the Northwest coast of Spain.

As GRAMPIAN FOREST (1985), served as stand-by safety vessel to oil rigs.

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 23 Mar 1967.  Vessel transferred to the port of Grimsby.

 Accidents and Incidents:

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 7th February 1964:


    The Welsh Fisheries trawler Welsh Monarch is expected to land her last catch at Milford tomorrow, before "stripping" and leaving to join her sister ship the Welsh Consort in Fleetwood, in charge of Skipper Alfred Riby.  She is understood to have some 240 kits of fish, including 80 per cent hake, the biggest landing of this class of fish by an individual trawler for some months.

    The departure of the Welsh Monarch was foreshadowed in an interview given to the "Guardian" on Boxing Day by Mr. W. H. Kerr. Her leaving will bring up to three departures of new vessels from the port, for, in addition to the Welsh Consort, the Argo of Pembroke, top ship at Milford last year, is now sailing from Fleetwood.

    It is a bleak start to the year.




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