The recent sale of the Maryport scalloper/trawler Golden Fleece MT 99 generated a further two boat moves on either side of the Irish Sea.

Bought by Kilkeel skipper Ryan Newell from previous skipper John McEvoy, the 13.9m wooden-hulled Golden Fleece KY 116 was built in 1975 by J Noble (Fraserburgh) Ltd as an inshore trawler for Ronald Duncan of St. Andrews, Fife. Subsequently purchased by David Friday of Lowestoft, the Golden Fleece was bought by Falmouth skipper Clinton Powell in 1985, when the then-varnished boat was rigged for scallop dredging and re-registered FH 206. More than 25 years later, during which time Clinton Powell passed command over to his son Mark, Golden Fleece moved to Maryport to replace skipper John McEvoy’s previous boat, Pilot Star MT 99, following delivery of the new 14.95m scalloper Golden Fleece II FH 207, built by C Toms & Sons Ltd at Polruan in 2008.

Maryport skipper John McEvoy has replaced Golden Fleece by buying the 13.8m scalloper/trawler Maranatha B 157 from James McKee Coffey, of Portavogie.

Expected to be renamed Solway Star MT 99, the wooden-hulled Maranatha was built at Dingle in 1988, as Tricia Anne RO 30, for skipper Peter Currie of Tignabruich. Fitted with a 261kW Caterpillar engine, the forward wheelhouse vessel was bought by Neil Prentice in 2005, before Tricia Anne fished from the East and West Lochs at Tarbert. Two years later Tricia Anne moved across the Irish Sea to fish from Portavogie, after being purchased by Paul Coffey when the boat was initially registered B 377, later becoming B 157.

James McKee Coffey has replaced Maranatha with the 19.8m trawler Starlight Splendour B 224. This wooden-hulled trawler was built at Bangor in 1975 as Fragrant Cloud for local skipper Robert Thompson. On taking delivery of Fragrant Cloud II B 340 in 1980, the original Fragrant Cloud was bought by skipper James Culley and partners of Portavogie, and renamed Starlight Splendour. This boat will now revert to her original name of Fragrant Cloud.

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The recent sale of the Maryport scalloper/trawler Golden Fleece MT 99 generated a further two boat moves on either side of the Irish Sea. Bought by Kilkeel skipper Ryan Newell from previous skipper John McEvoy, the 13.9m wooden-hulled Golden Fleece KY 116 was built in 1975 by J Noble (Fraserburgh) Ltd as an inshore trawler for Ronald Duncan of St. Andrews, Fife. Subsequently purchased by David Friday of Lowestoft, the Golden Fleece was bought by Falmouth skipper Clinton Powell in 1985, when the then-varnished boat was rigged for scallop dredging and re-registered FH 206. More than 25 years later, during which time Clinton Powell passed command over to his son Mark, Golden Fleece moved to Maryport to replace skipper John McEvoy’s previous boat, Pilot Star MT 99, following delivery of the new 14.95m scalloper Golden Fleece II FH 207, built by C Toms & Sons Ltd at Polruan in 2008. Maryport skipper John McEvoy has replaced Golden Fleece by buying the 13.8m scalloper/trawler Maranatha B 157 from James McKee Coffey, of Portavogie. Expected to be renamed Solway Star MT 99, the wooden-hulled Maranatha was built at Dingle in 1988, as Tricia Anne RO 30, for skipper Peter Currie of Tignabruich. Fitted with a 261kW Caterpillar engine, the forward wheelhouse vessel was bought by Neil Prentice in 2005, before Tricia Anne fished from the East and West Lochs at Tarbert. Two years later Tricia Anne moved across the Irish Sea to fish from Portavogie, after being purchased by Paul Coffey when the boat was initially registered B 377, later becoming B 157. James McKee Coffey has replaced Maranatha with the 19.8m trawler Starlight Splendour B 224. This wooden-hulled trawler was built at Bangor in 1975 as Fragrant Cloud for local skipper Robert Thompson. On taking delivery of Fragrant Cloud II B 340 in 1980, the original Fragrant Cloud was bought by skipper James Culley and partners of Portavogie, and renamed Starlight Splendour. This boat will now revert to her original name of Fragrant Cloud.

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