A visit to meet Fife skippers, David Tod and David Smith

David Tod, skipper and designer of St Andrian Ky 245 (Yard No. 2) built at Campbeltown Shipyard in 1970. Photo courtesy of Jan Nimmo.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet skippers, David Tod and David Smith, yesterday at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. David Tod is pictured above with a model he built of his boat, St Adrian KY 245 (Yard No. 2). David, both an engineer and skipper, worked on his stern trawler at Campbeltown Shipyard during 1970 and adapted her design. She was the first of her kind to be equipped with a combined winch and net drum for hauling and stowing her trawl. David Smith, pictured below, is from a long line of fishing families in Fife. He commissioned the Argonaut IV KY157 (Yard no. 32) from Campbeltown Shipyard in 1976. In 1978 her gross earnings made her the second most successful fishing vessel in the British fleet and David Smith was awarded the MBE for his achievements. We will be putting more information about both Davids on the archive in due course.

David Smith, skipper of Argonaut IV KY157 (Yard No. 32), built at Campbeltown Shipyard in 1976. Photo courtesy of Jan Nimmo.

Skippers, David Tod and David Smith. Photo courtesy of Jan Nimmo.

 

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