Thomas L Devlin's

Trawlers

'Thomas L Devlin'

Model of the trawler, 'Thomas L Devlin'.  This model is on the wall of the Peacock Inn, close to Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Peacock Inn, Newhaven, Edinburgh

 

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   Model of the trawler, 'Thomas L Devlin'.  This model is on the wall of the Peacock Inn, close to Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

 

Thomas L Devlin's Trawlers

The Model

The photograph above is of a model of a trawler, named 'THOMAS L DEVLIN'. This model trawler is on the wall of the restaurant at the Peacock Inn, close to Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh.

The Trawler

The details below are taken from Andrew Hall's Granton Trawlers web site.  That web site gives fuller details about the trawler, 'Thomas L Devlin' and has a photograph of the trawler.

The Trawler

'THOMAS L DEVLIN'

1915

Built at Alexander Hall & Sons  Aberdeen as 'PHYLISS BELMAN''for owner Philip Belman, Liverpool, A298.

Launched April 10, 1915, 69HP steam,  211 gross tons, length 115 ft, breadth 22 ft.

1915

Requisitioned  and converted to minesweeper.

1919

Returned to owners.

1923

H E Stroud and S M Cannon  Aberdeen.

1926

Thomas L Devlin Granton  renamed 'THOMAS L DEVLIN' GN 58.

1945

18th December Sprang a leak. Skipper Robert Gowans headed for Aberdeen. Escorted by Aberdeen lifeboat.

1954

8th December grounded in thick fog off Fifeness in evening but was refloated by a tug next morning.

1958

Involved in collision with SS "Turquoise of Glasgow 2 miles NW of Stroma, Pentland Firth.

1959

29th December  wrecked on North Ness East side of May Island Firth of Forth. All thirteen crew rescued.

The Granton Trawlers web site also gives details of the many other trawlers that have sailed from Granton Harbour, Edinburgh.

 

Comment

1.

Graeme Hughson

Thank you to Graeme Hughson  who wrote:

The Trawler

'THOMAS L DEVLIN'

"I was interested to read the information on Thomas Devlin and his trawlers on your website.   This proved useful when I was researching my family history.

My Grandfather worked on the trawlers as a young man and I was able to identify one of these as the 'Thomas L Devlin'  -  the trawler in the model above that was displayed in the Peacock restaurant at Newhaven.

Model of the trawler, 'Thomas L Devlin'.  This model is on the wall of the Peacock Inn, close to Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh

 I wonder where the model is now"

Photograph

'THOMAS L DEVLIN'

"This is one of my old photos. 

  Copyright  Graeme Hughson

I scanned the photo and was surprised at the level of detail on that old print.  

As you can see from the funnel markings, the number appears to be GN58 and zooming in to the plate on the wheelhouse it can be seen that the boat was built by  Alex Hall & Co Ltd, Aberdeen.

The yard number is 512.  This corresponds to the information on this Granton Trawlers web site.

I think the photo was taken in around 1926. This would have been when Thomas L Devlin took ownership of the boat.

My Grandad, William Hughson was 22 years old in 1926. He is the young man at the top with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth!

William Hughson could only have been with that particular trawler for a short time as he joined the crew of the lighthouse support vessel 'Pharos' in 1926 where he became Bosun and remained there until his retirement in 1964. He lived in Hawthornvale, Newhaven for most of his life and was married to Sarah Thompson."

 Graeme Hughson:    14 November 2019

 

 

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