Barry Banham Photo Collection

Official No:    131883    Port Number and Year:      1st in Kirkcaldy, 1929 (KY293)

                                                                                       1st in Milford, 1957 (M90)

                                                                                        -   in Scarborough, 1960 (SH66)

Description:  Steel side drifter / liner / trawler; steam screw, coal burner.  Ketch rigged.

Crew: 9 men (1957).

Registered at Milford: 30 Jan 1937

Built: 1929, by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen.  (Yard no. 613)

Tonnage: 118.01 grt 50.52 net 

Length / breadth / depth (feet):  90.2 / 19.7 / 10.92 

Engine: T.3- cyl. 35 rhp. 10 kts. 1909. Engine and boiler by builders



As KY293

5 Feb 1929: William Cummings Wilson, 'South View', Windsor Cres., Whitley Bay, Northumberland.  

Manager: John T. Graham, Thordisa, Anstruther.

                Lawrence W. Robertson, Anstruther. (1945)


As M90

30 Jan 1957: Peter Hancock & Sons Ltd., The Docks, Milford

Manager: Reginald Llewellyn Hancock, Picton Rd., Hakin


As SH66

11 Jul 1960: Tom Clark, 31 Basford St., Sheffield 9. (Hotel supplier)

Manager: Herbert Hunt, 18 Nares St., Scarborough.


1965:  J. R. Cameron, Peterhead.  (For breaking up, but employed as salvage vessel.)


Landed at Milford:

19 Oct 1956; 8 Mar, 11 Dec 1957; 6 Jan 1959 - 29 Jan 1960; 26 Apr 1960.

Skippers: James Hewitt (1956).


5 Sep 1939: Requisitioned for war service, and employed on transport duties.

1945: Returned to owner.

1964: Laid up.

1971: Broken up.

[Information kindly supplied by Gil Mayes and George Westwood.]

Cert. Cancelled & Milford Registry Closed: 25 Oct 1960. Vessel transferred to the port of Scarborough.

 Accidents and Incidents:

From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 19th October 1956:


    Mr. R. L. Hancock, President of the Trawler Owners' Association, said on Thursday that his firm have bought the drifter trawler William Wilson.  She is now on her way round from the Scottish port of Anstruther, in charge of Skipper James Hewitt and a Milford crew, and is due at Milford this weekend.

    The William Wilson is 90 ft. long, 19.7 ft. beam and 118 tons gross.  She was built at Aberdeen in 1929, has been used for "line" fishing, and is reported to be in excellent condition.  This is the third fishing vessel purchased by Messrs. Hancock's within two months.  They acquired the hake boats Tenby Castle and Clyne Castle from Consolidated Fisheries, Swansea, last month, and both vessels have been doing well.



From the West Wales Guardian of Friday 10th February 1961:


    Three Milford trawlers which took part in the search for the missing V-bomber off the coast of Pembrokeshire have vanished from the local scene.  The Agnes Nutten was scrapped some time ago, the Clyne Castle is being broken up at Messrs. R. S. Hayes' Yard, Pembroke Dock, and the William Wilson has been sold to an East Coast firm.


Alongside Hobbs Point, Pembroke Dock

John Stephenson Collection



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