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  1. #261

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    Even Chance
    From a modelling point of view this is about as good a pic as I have
    http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/galle...php?photo=5631
    She was WK561 when built then sold to Macduff renamed Deveronside as in the pic She then came to Lybster as WK176 for Donald Calder Last heard of in Ullapool reg
    Hope this helps
    She had a backward rake to her mizzen mast
    All the best
    PM

    ps I didnt leave Ship Nostalgia ..I was booted off by the site owner as I was not able to provide copyright proof for pictures my late uncle had taken in the 1940s..and I wasnt going to tell lies about them

  2. #262

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    Excellent info Peter!
    I didnt realise she was in WK reg twice. Now theres a choice- what to build.....

    Thanks for the info/photo. Theres a link to the wifes family in some way. I now need to dig a wee bit deeper to find out. Classic Alexanders lines on her. Nice.

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    Post number 12 is wrong-

    Seagull was owned/skippered by Donald Sutherland

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    I came across this in a Caithness Courier dated 1946 - thought it worth putting on here for you all to read -

    The Smiling Morn. submitted by Caithness Violinist.

    It will be of interest to the people of the royal and ancient Burgh of Wick to know that the Smiling Morn,
    a Wick seine-net boat taken over by the Admiralty during the last war, had the unique distinction of bringing
    the War Cabinet of that time, including His Majesty the King, to the naval base at Scapa Flow.
    Sir Archibald Sinclair, then Air Minister, was the only exception as he arrived by plane.
    It is also worthy of note that the skipper and crew were all Caithnessians.
    Congratulations to the skipper and crew then on the Smiling Morn. They deserve that.

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    Very interested to read this. My wifes grandad Tom Gunn was the owner and skipper of the Smiling Morn. He was originally from Keiss and moved into Wick. His daughter Christine was the last herring queen and I recall photos of the boat taking her to the wharf to be crowned. He repaired nets for the Boy Andrew after he retired. I don't remember anyone mentioning the above however.
    Knowledge talks - Wisdom listens

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    Hi Star Rock, very often such things were not mentioned in the family especially during the War , so I'll be interested to hear what you find out. I hope
    someone will get in touch with you.
    I must correct myself here - It was a kind friend who sent me the article which was found in the newspaper. The Caithness Violinst who wrote it was the Late
    Robert MacKay of Halkirk - a much respected man in the north.

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    http://www.boatshop24.co.uk/V0hZQjAx...Motor_MFV.html This is a link i received from my brother for the sale of the Gleaners,it was sent to my brother by his mate Robbie who's Grandad (Numb) owned the boat,It is selling for 99,550 pounds not a bad price for an old boat,hope this of interest to some of you
    regards Jock
    I INTEND TO LIVE FOREVER, SO FAR SO GOOD

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    Also saw recently the "Maid of Honour WK 30" renamed "Incentive 111" still fishing and up for sale in England.
    regards john

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    Interesting right enough Jock. Shes changed a lot since Numbs days no heads then just old 5 gallon tin down the fish hold {no much food hygine} Wonder if thats the same engine I seem to think she had a 4cylinder 75hp gardiner back then. Thats a lot of money for a old boat wonder what she cost back in 1934 maybe a two or three thousand. I seem to remember that Malcom Stevens Maldon was around 20'000 new ready for the sea gear and all around 1960. Think this was his own story. Still nice to see the old girl is still around likely she will be for a while yet if shes heritage registered.

  10. #270

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    Quote Originally Posted by john w View Post
    Also saw recently the "Maid of Honour WK 30" renamed "Incentive 111" still fishing and up for sale in England.
    regards john
    Hi John and welcome.

    Do you know whereabouts she was/is advertised, please?
    Kind regards.
    scottishlass

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    Not sure of site off hand but I found it by accident when i "googled" the boat name.

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    Talking Golden Spinny & the Alban

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    Alvera Elaine (became Strathdonan) Skipper Alec Mackenzie then Andy Sutherland<br>
    Moray Lass Skipper Donald Harper <br>
    Bluebell Skipper George More <br>
    Boy Peter Skipper John Sinclair then James Sutherland<br>
    Girl Linda Skipper Donald Stewart<br>
    Girl Mina Skipper Donald Stewart<br>
    Girl Angela Skipper James Plowman<br>
    Avalon Skipper Donald MacKay <br>
    Avalon 11 Skipper Donald MacKay then Raymond Ross<br>
    Avalon 111 Skipper Raymond Ross<br>
    Enterprise Skipper Malcolm Steven then George Swanson then Pat Nichol<br>
    Golden Spinney Skipper John McKenzie then David John Mckenzie <br>
    Ocean Swell Skipper William Bain<br>
    Starlight Skipper George Sinclair<br>
    Convallaria Skipper George Sinclair<br>
    Good Hope Skipper George Donn<br>
    Quo Vadis Skipper George Donn<br>
    Seagull Skipper Thomson Sutherland <br>
    Ivy Skipper John MacLeod then jack Ross<br>
    Mhari Bhan Skipper John macLeod<br>
    Sceptre Skipper John Bisset<br>
    Silver Chord Skipper Ian Ritchie<br>
    Rosemary Skipper Hugh Calder <br>
    Maid of Honour Skipper Jack Carter<br>
    Lea Rig Skipper Hugh Carter then Jimmy Carter<br>
    Valhalla Skipper Hugh Carter<br>
    Quiet Waters Skipper Donald Shearer<br>
    Ebeneezer Skipper Ernie Miller then James Sutherland<br>
    Olive Leaf Skipper James Sutherland<br>
    Girl Ann Skipper Peter Rosie<br>
    Maid of Honour Skipper Hugh Carter<br>
    Sapphire Skipper Jimmy Carter<br>
    Alban Skipper Alex Cowie then Derek MacKillop<br>
    Stroma Isle Skipper David Dunnet<br>
    Tern Skipper George MacCaughy<br>
    Loch Inchard Skipper Desmond McLeod<br>
    Star of Peace Skipper John Bremner<br>
    Halcyon Skipper Earnie Miller<br>
    Harbinger Skipper Donald Miller<br>
    Maldon Skipper Malcolm Steven<br>
    Pilot Star Skipper Alister Budge<br>
    Maldon Skipper Gordon Steven<br>
    Superb Skipper Alister Budge<br>
    White Heather Skipper William Miller<br>
    Golden Eagle Skipper Robert Swanson<br>
    El Alamein Skipper William Smith<br>
    Alert Skipper Robert More<br>
    Andrias Skipper Jack Ross <br>
    Rosebank Skipper George Thain <br>
    Rival Skipper Bill Wiseman<br>
    Stack Rock Skipper Bill Wiseman<br>
    Smiling Morn Skipper tom Gunn<br>
    Leticia Skipper Sandy Miller<br>
    Rose in June Skipper Tom Budge<br>
    Faithfull Skipper George More <br>
    Laurel Skipper Jack Farquhar <br>
    Brighter Morn Skipper Jimmy Gunn<br>
    Firecrest Skipper Jack Ross then Sandy Gunn<br>
    Royal Burgh Skipper Bill Shearer<br>
    Steadfast Skipper Donald Sutherland<br>
    Ben Loyal Skipper Jimmy Carter<br>
    Fram Skipper Ronnie Sutherland<br>
    Heather Anne Skipper Alec Mackenzie <br>
    Leandris Skipper Jack Ross<br>
    Astra Skipper Ronnie Sutherland <br>
    Glen Loth Skipper Andy Sutherland<br>
    Earna Skipper Harold Thurop<br>
    Pentland Swell Skipper Iver MacKay<br>
    Chance Skipper John Sinclair then Donald McKay<br>
    Chance Skipper Donald McKay then George More<br>
    Gleaners Skipper Roderick Bremner then Robert Swanson<br>
    Gleaners 11 Skipper Roderick Bremner then Jim Bremner<br>
    Ardent Skipper John Malcolm<br>
    Spindrift Skipper Archibald Miller<br>
    Kittiwake Skipper John Bremner then Norman Bremner <br>
    Crusader Skipper Donald MacKay<br>
    Ajax Skipper Alister Budge then Donald Plowman<br>
    Spray Skipper John Rosie<br>
    Atalanta Skipper Alister budge<br>
    Westward Skipper Begg<br>
    I just cant mind who had the Economy or the Snowdrop
    Last edited by Tricia morgan; 25-Mar-12 at 07:39.

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    My dad George Rosie,He also owned the Golden spinny not sure of the year as it was before I was born in 1965 but I remember the name & being talked about over the years, he was also on the Alban Derek MacKillop & Robbie Taylor Dad left the sea in 1969 but not s ure what happened to the boat, I would love to find out more and if anyone out there has a photo I would love to see it please.

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    My dad George Rosie,He also owned the Golden spinny not sure of the year as it was before I was born in 1965 but I remember the name & being talked about over the years, he was also on the Alban Derek MacKillop & Robbie Taylor Dad left the sea in 1969 but not s ure what happened to the boat, I would love to find out more and if anyone out there has a photo I would love to see it please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricia morgan View Post
    My dad George Rosie,He also owned the Golden spinny not sure of the year as it was before I was born in 1965 but I remember the name & being talked about over the years, he was also on the Alban Derek MacKillop & Robbie Taylor Dad left the sea in 1969 but not s ure what happened to the boat, I would love to find out more and if anyone out there has a photo I would love to see it please.
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...7EXTzlQcxdkzQg

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    Tricia, the skipper of the Rival2 was Alistair Henderson, Bill Wiseman was his partner in the boat and later on the Jeannie McKay renamed Stack Rock

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    Bill wiseman was the skipper but alistair had the ticket

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    Default fishing boats

    Rosemary, Integrity, Restless Wave, Morvena, Transcend all worked out of Wick

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    I've just found this thread and have spent ages reading all the posts. Peter Macdonald's knowledge is amazing! And reading names of fishermen and boats has brought my childhood back with a vengeance. My Dad was Willie Smith, skipper of the El Alamein WK235 and my Grampa was Donald Smith who handline fished from the Fruitful WK111. I will have to search through my old photos, if I can find them. I have a photo of the Alamein, taken by John Adams I think. Anyway, It's certainly a professional photo. She's moored in the harbour and I think she'd just been painted egg-shell blue so she was looking beautiful.

    I was last home a couple of years ago and saw the marina for the first time...changed days. When I was a child the boats lay berthed three or four deep and I remember clambering over them to get on board the Alamein.
    Last edited by stclair15; 03-Sep-12 at 18:49.

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    Made a mistake on my post...the Fruitful was WK511, not WK111.

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