The second stern-trawler built at Campbeltown Shipyard will be launched next Thursday from the Trench Point yard, 10 weeks after the first, Crimson Arrow, slid into Campbetown Loch watched by a gallery of pressmen, official guests and townspeople.
The launching on Thursday of the second trawler – as yet unnamed – probably will be a less publicised occasion but it’s significance to Campbeltown will be no less important. The owner of the Trawler, Mr David Tod of Anstuther, Fife – it is his second stern-fishing boat – has the unusual distinction of having helped with the building of the boat. He has been here since Augusta employed as a marine engineer by Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd and has been living in a caravan close to the shipyard.
The Monday after the launch, Mr Tod’s boat will undergo acceptance trials before White Fish Authority officials. Mr Tod afterwards intends to fish with the trawler in the Clyde waters before taking her to Anstuther.
Mr Leslie Howarth, the general manager at the shipyard told the Courier man:- “With this vessel on the East Coast and James McDonald’s ‘Crimson Arrow’ on the West Coast, it would be hoped that Campbeltown Shipyard’s chances of future orders would be greatly enhanced”.
The launching – by Mr Tod’s wife, Margaret – will take place at approximately 1.30 on Thursday afternoon.
Campbeltown Courier, 30th April 1970
The St Adrian sliding down the slipway at Trench Point into Campbeltown Loch. The 49 ft stern Trawler was built by Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd for Mr D. Tod of Anstruther, Fife.
The vessel which is powered with a Cummins NH-250-M Engine, underwent sea trials on Monday.
Mr Tod, whose wife, who launched the St Adrian, intends to fish on the Clyde for at least a month before taking her around to Anstruther.
Campbeltown Courier 14th May, 1979