We are very grateful to Gloria Wilson for allowing us to share an article written by her for Fishing News about the Campbeltown-built Kestrel INS 253 (Yard No. 40) built for Ian Sutherland of Hopeman. The article was published on August 11th, 1978.
Gloria is a writer and artist who grew up in Surrey but who spent her childhood and teens in the Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes. She studied Fine Art at Durham University. Gloria has always had a great interest in the sea and boats and has written ten books:
Scottish Fishing Craft
More Scottish Fishing Craft
Scottish Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats of Whitby and District
An Eye on the Coast
Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats
Steadfast Boats and Fisher-People
Forthright and Steadfast
Fishing Boats of Scotland
Her most recent book, Remembering the Boats, is due for publication shortly. Although Gloria lived in Scotland for some years she now lives and works in the north-east of England.