S.T. Christine IJM2 (Wartime visitor)

Additional information courtesy of Milford Trawlers, Keith Morgan and Jan Harteveld


Official Number: 123730
Yard Number: 798
Completed: 1906
Gross Tonnage: 213 (As built 215g)
Net Tonnage: 68 (As built 87n)
Length: 117.3 ft
Breadth: 21.5 ft
Depth: 11.5 ft
Built: Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Engine: T.3-cyl by MacColl & Pollock Ltd, Sunderland


1906: Launched by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, North Shields (Yd.No.798) for George H. D. Birt, Milford Haven as INDIA.
10.1906: Completed.
17.10.1906: Registered at London (LO248) (O.N.123730). George H. D. Birt designated managing owner.
22.10.1906: Arrived Milford (Sk. Nightingale). Landed £159 gross.
26.1.1910: Returned to Milford (Sk. William Jones), having been knocked on her beam ends and swept clean by very heavy seas when fishing 250 miles to the west of St. Ann’s Head. Mate, J. Scoble, had been washed overboard but recovered. Put into Berehaven, Co. Cork to attend to injured and pump out.
9.6.1911: Last landing at Milford.
7.1911: Sold to N.V. Algemeene Viss. Maats., IJmuiden in an en bloc deal with PERSIA (LO250). J. F. Clerq & E. H. Heijmans, managers.
7.1911; London registry closed.
7.1911: Registered at IJmuiden as CHRISTINE (IJM2).
1920: Transferred to Vereenigde Exploitatie Mij. (VEM)*, Ijmuiden. A. J. Veltkamp & S. Koster, managers.
1931: J. F. Clerq & S. Koster designated managers.
1932: J. F. Clerq appointed manager.
1933: Company re-styled N.V. Visscherij-onderneming “De VEM”, IJmuiden (F. Thiel, manager).
9.5.1940: Escaped from Holland to England.
1940s: Fishing from Fleetwood (Bloomfield’s Ltd, managing agents).
19.7.1943: Typical landing, Home Waters. 655 kits – hake-480, haddock-30, flats-15, ling/coley-110, roker-20.
1945: Returned to Holland and resumed fishing from IJmuiden.
1950: Sold to shipbreakers. IJmuiden registry closed.
6.1951: Breaking up completed.

Note * – Vereenigde Exploitatie Mij ( VEM) was founded from 3 companies:
Algemeene Visscherij Mij (20 vessels)
Exploitatie and Administratie Maatschappij ”Shamrock I”.( 12 vessels)
Vereenigde Steenkolenhandel, Afdeling Reederij. ( 21 vessels) ( Afdeling Reederij = Section Shipping Company)
Also the VEM had bought from other companies: 3 motor fishing vessels, 18 sailing fishing vessels, so there was 64 vessels but many were old.


17/03/2013: Page published. 5 updates since then.
23/11/2018: Updated information.