• Lowestoft: of herring and a harbour

    Lowestoft: of herring and a harbour

    12th March 2021

    Fishing from Lowestoft was transformed by an ambitious piece of 19th-century engineering. John Worrall reports It was mainly about herring, going back as far – and further – than we can trace. Landings at Lowestoft increased dramatically with the greater…

  • Deal: tradition and change

    Deal: tradition and change

    11th March 2021

    In the Kent town of Deal, a ‘limb’ of the Cinque Ports, fishing is now mostly about preserving heritage, reports John Periam Fishing boats on Deal beach as recently as 2001. David Skardon’s boat Fair Chance with a day’s catch.…

  • Cheetah powers ahead

    Cheetah powers ahead

    26th February 2021

    The challenges of 2020 look set to continue through 2021, but this has not deterred Cheetah Marine International Ltd, which now has a foot in both the UK and the EU, reports John Periam Cheetah’s yards in both the UK…

  • Sail training opens new horizons

    Sail training opens new horizons

    25th February 2021

    Continuing the series of personal reflections to mark the 25th anniversary of the relaunch of Shetland’s restored sailing Fifie Swan, Andrew Halcrow, the Swan Trust’s first and longest-serving skipper, shares his memories of the trust’s youth work When the Swan…

  • Cordella: picturing the past

    Cordella: picturing the past

    20th February 2021

    In 1980, young photographer Alec Gill was invited to document a mackerel trip off the South West coast onboard Cordella H 177. Forty years on, he recalls the memories evoked by his pictures Deep-sea mission My camera is a passport…

  • Isabelle: new vivier-crabber joins SW fleet

    Isabelle: new vivier-crabber joins SW fleet

    4th February 2021

    Built by C Toms & Son, the new Isabelle PW 64 combines a well-proven Ian Paton design with a state-of-the-art fit-out, reports Phil Lockley In the winter of 2018, ex-skipper Les Burt, who heads a family fishing business in North…

  • New-generation Resolute

    New-generation Resolute

    28th January 2021

    Gardenstown midwater trawler makes her mark fishing mackerel Skippers Matthew and Alexander West and the crew of Resolute BF 50 have quickly started to showcase the fishing capabilities of their new vessel, reports David Linkie 01    Resolute leaving Fraserburgh for…