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  • Jacqueline Anne – New ideas incorporated into new Fraserburgh

    Jacqueline Anne – New ideas incorporated into new Fraserburgh

    15th January 2021

    Twin-rig trawler from Macduff Shipyards A number of innovative features, most of which are relatively minor when viewed singly, have dovetailed into the overall design for maximum benefit on the new 24.5m Fraserburgh twin-rig trawler Jacqueline Anne FR 243, reports…

  • Cromer crabs, chalk reefs and divers(e) matters

    Cromer crabs, chalk reefs and divers(e) matters

    7th January 2021

    Back in 2016, among the second tranche of Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designations was the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds MCZ, which has as its main feature a chalk reef, reputedly Europe’s longest, just off the North Norfolk coast. It is…

  • Clifden lifeboat rescues sinking trawler and two crew

    Clifden lifeboat rescues sinking trawler and two crew

    26th December 2020

    Both lifeboats at Clifden RNLI were launched just before 11am on 12 December, following a Coast Guard request to go to the aid of Ophelia WT 399, which was taking on water and in danger of sinking off the Galway…

  • 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…