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  • Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room: nautical tales and temperance

    Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room: nautical tales and temperance

    4th December 2020

    A facility set up to improve the minds and morals of Victorian seafarers survives to celebrate east coast maritime heritage. John Worrall reports It may have been because of the presence of the already noted Sole Bay brewery – which was…

  • Radiant Star: seine-netting in Burra Haaf

    Radiant Star: seine-netting in Burra Haaf

    3rd December 2020

    David Linkie looks back to a day spent with Shetland skipper Victor Laurenson and crew of the Burra fly-shooter Radiant Star LK 71 in August 2010 Seine-net boats catching a wide selection of whitefish in coastal waters have been an…

  • Action from start of Isle of Man king scallop fishery

    Action from start of Isle of Man king scallop fishery

    27th November 2020

    The Isle of Man king scallop seasonal fishery opened at the beginning of November with licensed boats on a daily quota of 700kg, in line with catch limits implemented by the Manx government to regulate the fishery. Poor weather resulted…

  • Rebecca: Prawn twin-rig trawling overnight from Eyemouth

    Rebecca: Prawn twin-rig trawling overnight from Eyemouth

    26th November 2020

    David Linkie looks back to a night aboard Eyemouth skipper Alan Blackie’s twin-rig prawn trawler Rebecca LH 11 in August 2014 Although the dusk to dawn summer Nephrops fishery in southeast Scotland no longer attracts the number of boats it…

  • Caralisa and Rebecca Jeneen: Pair-trawling for West Highland sprats

    Caralisa and Rebecca Jeneen: Pair-trawling for West Highland sprats

    20th November 2020

    The first sprats from the traditional localised niche fishery were landed at Mallaig earlier this month. David Linkie looks back to a night aboard skipper Robert Summers’ Rebecca Jeneen in December 2012, pair-trawling for sprats with Willie John McLean’s Caralisa…

  • Builds at all stages at Toms’ yard

    Builds at all stages at Toms’ yard

    19th November 2020

    Work continues apace at the Cornish yard of C Toms & Son, reports Phil Lockley “The yard is quite busy, but not busy enough,” says Paul Toms, manager of Cornish boatyard C Toms & Son. The 1969-built wooden vessel La…

  • Phantom Marine: going large

    Phantom Marine: going large

    18th November 2020

    A new East Anglian boatbuilder is scaling up production. John Worrall reports Karl Hawkins likes boats. Always has. All of his working life – barely a couple of decades so far – has involved them. An Aquafish 23 in build.…

  • Manx Ranger: scallop dredging in IOM waters from Peel

    Manx Ranger: scallop dredging in IOM waters from Peel

    6th November 2020

    With the 2020 king scallop season in the Isle of Man Territorial Sea having opened on 1 November, David Linkie looks back nine years to a day with Peel skipper Darren Purves on the under-10m scalloper Manx Ranger PL 40,…

  • Lerwick harbour hosts wide range of mackerel boats

    Lerwick harbour hosts wide range of mackerel boats

    5th November 2020

    As is customary at this time of year, when mackerel move into Shetland waters at the start of their annual migratory pattern, an extensive range of local and visiting boats have landed mackerel at Lerwick – as shown in this…