WELSH MONARCH M135
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
27 Oct 1962: Welsh Fisheries Ltd., 26a Hamilton Tce., Milford
Manager: Henry William Kerr, Ships' Chandler, Docks, Milford
As ROSS BEAVER GY1387
6 Mar 1967: Ross Trawlers, Ross House, Fish Docks, Grimsby
Manager: John Malcolm Ross.
As CEDARLEA A67
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.
Back to Trawlers 1940-88