We are very grateful to Ronnie Young of Sandwick, Shetland, for sharing his memorabilia with us. We will be publishing his collected material about Campbeltown-built boats in various entries here on the online archive. In this entry we are publishing three photos of the signing of the contract for the Wave Sheaf LK 134 (Yard No.80) and the Defiant LK 371 (Yard No. 79), another boat bound for Shetland. The contract was signed by the respective skippers in late December 1986, between Christmas and New Year.
I worked on the Wave Sheaf for a year and a half as a marine engineer along with Peter Reid, the other engineer on the boat. I did my training at W Moore and Sons Engineering Works in Scalloway. I knew the Goodlad family, who had previously been fishing with a boat called Unison LK 645. Tommy Alex Goodlad decided to build a new boat at Campbeltown Shipyard and so we were up and down to Campbeltown like a yo yo. It was some journey. Sometimes we’d fly to Glasgow and then hire a car and drive from there. The Brereton was there when we visited the yard.
They were all fine chaps at the shipyard – I remember Douglas McNaught and Adam McClelland. We knew Leslie Howarth as well but Leslie was often away travelling to get the orders for boats in. We got on fine with everyone at the yard and in the town. I liked Campbeltown. I remember one time we had a night out with the Navy Seals.
The Wave Sheaf was launched on 20th November 1987. She was an awful good sea boat, like all the Campbeltown boats.
I’m still at sea, fishing for lobsters and crayfish on a boat called the Cornucopia LK 372, a Cleopatra boat from Trefjar, in Iceland, and we fish around Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney.
Ronnie Young, Shetland