Andromeda – £800,000 fishing boat goes to sea


We are grateful to Leslie Howarth for this cutting about the Campbeltown-built Andromeda II INS 177 (Yard No. 72) She was built in 1985 for Skipper Angus Davison &Partners of Hopeman, Moray.
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£800,00 fishing boat goes to sea

An notable addition to the Scottish fishing fleet is made today when the £800,00 Andromeda II sails on her maiden trip from the Campbeltown Shipyard in Argyll.

The boat sets new standards in size (at 87ft) and safety (with a totally enclosed shelter deck from stem to stern).

The entire fishing operation is done under cover from the moment the catch comes aboard until it is stowed in the fish hold with it’s capacity for 1,800 boxes. There is no time when it is essential for a crew man to be on deck.

The skipper and part owner is Mr Angus Davidson (35), of Hopeman, Moray, who will fish out of Peterhead – Europe’s biggest fish port today. The boat has the capacity to work in the North Sea, the West Coast as far out as Rockall, and as far as Faroe.

The design by the Campbeltown Shipyard has aroused great interest in the fishing industry and the boat is first of five orders worth £3(?) million in total. The four other boats are on order for the North of Scotland and Shetland.

This gives Campbeltown an order book other yards envy with the staff or more than 90 fully employed until 1986.

Mr Leslie Howarth, managing director said yesterday they were dealing with enquiries for boats needed in 1987. Skippers throughout the country were attracted by the design which appears to be just what the market required at a time when skippers often had to search wide areas for their catch.

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