M.T. Welsh Monarch – M135


Official Number: 303256
Yard Number: 87
Completed: 1962
Gross Tonnage: 308
Net Tonnage: 97.09
Length: 129.9 ft
Breadth: 26.0 ft
Depth: 12.1 ft
Built: Atlantic Shipbuilding, Newport, Mon
Engine: 875bhp Mirlees 6-cyl, 4 stroke diesel.
Speed: 13 kts.
IMO: 5387491.


Note Worked out of Fleetwood for extended periods.

18/08/1962: Launched by Built by Atlantic Shipbuilding at Newport (Yard no: 87), as Welsh Monarch M135, for Welsh Fisheries Ltd of Milford Haven.
09/1962: Completed.
1967: Sold to Ross Trawlers, Grimsby. Renamed Ross Beaver (GY1387).
1968: Transferred to British United Trawlers, renamed CEDARLEA. Working from Aberdeen. Registered at Aberdeen (A67).
1970: In ownership of Craig’s Stores.
1980: Ceased fishing, laid up.
1982 chartered by Greenpeace as a Biological Research Vessel, renamed GREENPEACE.
1985: Converted to an oil rig stand by vessel. Renamed GRAMPIAN FOREST, part of North Star’s fleet.
1991: Ceased operations, Laid up.
Post 2000: Believed scrapped.

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M.T. Welsh Monarch M135

M.T. Welsh Monarch M135
Picture courtesy of Fred Baker

02/11/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
13/11/2023: Updated history and Technical Details.