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  • Bringing the Viola home

    Bringing the Viola home

    17th December 2020

    She lies in isolated decline in South Georgia – but there are multi-million-pound plans to bring Viola, the world’s oldest viable steam trawler, home. Brian W Lavery reports Viola lies rusting, her mighty heart stilled, 8,000 miles from home in…

  • My Sara: Triple-rigging from Rye

    My Sara: Triple-rigging from Rye

    11th December 2020

    Rye’s bespoke fishing quay has made this south coast town the perfect base for a father and son team who use a triple-rig trawl to target flatfish, reports John Periam. Photographs by Geoffrey Lee Rye in East Sussex has a…

  • Ajax rises from the ashes

    10th December 2020

    The Cornish hake netter Ajax is back at work following an extensive refit to repair near-disastrous fire damage, reports Phil Lockley Swift work by local firefighters, fishermen and harbour staff prevented a fire aboard the Newlyn netter Ajax resulting in…

  • 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.…