Official No:  144551   Port and Year: London, 1919 (LO455)

Description: Strath Class steel side trawler; single screw, coal burning. Ketch rigged.

Crew: 10 men (1921). 

Built: 1919,  Rennie Forrest Shipbuilding, Engineering & Drydock Co., Wivenhoe.  (Yard no. -)

Tonnage:  202 grt  81 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 115.4 / 22.1 / 12.1

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 57 rhp; by A. G. Mumford, Colchester.




24 Jun 1920: The Admiralty, London.

Manager: The Secretary of the Admiralty, Whitehall, London SW1.


19 Nov 1921: Ivey Steam Trawling Co. Ltd., Docks, Milford.

Manager: Robert J. Williams. (Same address.)


c.Nov 1932: T. B. Bilton & Sons, Ltd., Bell St., North Shields.

Manager: Robert Bilton, Princeway, Tynemouth.


Landed at Milford: 5 Oct 1921 - 25 May 1931.  29 Oct 1932

Skippers: William Jeffrey James Tucker (1925); George Apter (1928)


William Ivey, age 26, born Ilchester; Pte. RM, aboard HMS VICTORY at Trafalgar.

18 Aug 1918: Completed for the Admiralty (no.3849) as WILLIAM IVEY. 1 x 12pdr. 

1920: For sale to mercantile.

19 Jun 1931 - 18 Nov 1932: Laid up at Milford.

12 Jan 1940: Bombed and sunk by German bombers 16 miles N 1 E of Longstone lighthouse.

The crew took to their boat and were picked up six hours later by the WILLIAM PURDY. [SN92] [The Times, Tuesday, 16th January 1940.]

Accidents and Incidents

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 12th January 1923:


    Many people have undoubtedly taken particular notice of the strange cargo vessel now lying off the town.  She is the steamer "Euclid", and she came into the harbour at the commencement of the week as a result of having struck what was presumed to be a rock near the Smalls fishing grounds.

    She was making a voyage, but so badly damaged her bows below the water line that she was unable to proceed. The Milford steam trawler "William Ivey" stood by her after she struck and accommodated her by escorting her to the haven.

    Since she met with the accident her pumps have been going continually owing to the amount of water she is shipping.  She is well down by the head.  It is stated that thick fog was the cause of the accident.


From an unknown local newspaper, probably the West Wales Guardian of 4th December 1925:


    On Sunday, James Broughton, cook on the steam trawler "William Ivey", was brought in injured.  He was taken to Doctor Williams' surgery suffering from a injury to his leg.  He had fallen in the cabin, and it was thought that his leg was broken, but fortunately this did not prove to be the case.  They found the leg was severely strained.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 18th May 1928:



Skipper's 2 Fine

    a flagrant offence


    Another charge against a Milford trawler skipper of disobeying the orders of the Dockmaster (Captain William Marrs), contrary to the Docks bye-laws, was heard by the Milford Haven magistrates on Wednesday.

    The accused, who pleaded not guilty, was George Apter, of Wellington Road, Hakin, skipper of the steam trawler "William Ivey".

    Mr. G. T. Kelway (Messrs. Price and Kelway, solicitors) who appeared for the prosecution stated that the accused went into the Docks in utter disregard of the instructions of the Dockmaster.  It was a flagrant offence and the accused stated, in entering the Docks, that he was prepared to take the consequences.

    "So far as the general company of skippers from Milford are concerned," said Mr. Kelway, "instead of deprecating proceedings such as these, they welcome them, because it means that fair play for all concerned will be ensured."


     Evidence was given by the Dockmaster (Captain Marrs) that on the evening tide of April 11th he was on duty at the Dock gates.  There were fourteen trawlers outside waiting for admission.  First of all he ordered the trawlers to get into line, which they did not do.  He then ordered the eastern trawlers to keep back and the western trawlers to come forward.  Defendant's trawler was amongst the eastern, and, instead of obeying the order, he came forward.  The lights were then put out, forbidding him entrance, but he still came on.  When witness called defendant's attention to the lights forbidding him entrance, he replied, "I do not care, I will take the consequences."

    James Llewellyn Phillips, assistant Dockmaster, corroborated the Dockmaster in every detail.


    Defendant denied the allegations against him and said when informed by the Dockmasterthat the lights were against him he used the words, "Now that I have come so far I will put up with the consequences."

    Mr. Kelway: Is it not a fact that you rather resented being kept back?

    Defendant: No.


    Frederick William Garton, mate on the "William Ivey", gave evidence in support of his captain, and said he heard the order "Easternmost ships go astern."  The "William Ivey" was not the easternmost ship, and the green lights were not out as they entered.  "I do not think the skipper was in the wrong," he concluded.

    After a short retirement, the bench (presided over by Mr. Roberts Cole) were unanimous in fining defendant 2.


[ See CALIPH (Milford trawlers 1888-1914) for the same offence reported on 20th April 1928. ]



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