Theo Fullerton – Be Ready

We are grateful to Theo Fullerton and his wife, Betty, for these photos of the launch of Theo’s boat, the Campbeltown-built Be Ready LK 377 (Yard No. 69), which was commissioned and constructed in 1984 and launched in January 1985 at Trench Point. 

You can view more photos by Bobby Wylie of the Be Ready here.

In 1987 Skipper Theo Fullerton of Burra, Shetland won the prestigious “Young Skipper of the Year Award

Theo Fullerton has been chosen as the first winner of Fishing News’ Young Skipper of the Year Award. He will be presented with a trophy at the ‘Celebration of Fish’ dinner to be held at London’s Fishmongers Hall on April 30th.

You can read an article about Theo and the awards dinner in Fishing News here.

The boat caught fire in January 2000 30 miles off Orkney. Her crew were dramatically rescued by Skipper David Robertson’s Campbeltown-built boat the Mizpah LK 173 (formerly Alison Kay LK 57 – Yard No. 82). The crew were winched off by helicopter and thankfully all hands survived. 

You can read more about the incident here including videos from Theo’s son, Ellis, who was skippering the boat at the time of the fire. 

The boat was refitted after the fire and was sold, renamed and registered as the Celtic Buccaneer DA 58 but was decommissioned in 2008.

Theo Fullerton and family at the launch of the Be Ready LK 377 (Yard No. 69) at Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd, Trench Point, Campbeltown. January 1985. Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Family.

The launch of the Be Ready LK 377 (Yard No. 69) at Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd, Trench Point, Campbeltown. Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Family.

Theo Fullerton and family at the launch of the Be Ready LK 377 (Yard No. 69) at Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd, Trench Point, Campbeltown. Local pipers, John Lang Brown and Ian McCallum, were also employees of CSL. Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Family.

Newspaper cutting c. 1985 about the Be Ready – Courtesy of the Fullerton Family.

Launch of the Be Ready LK 377 (Yard No. 69) at Campbeltown Shipyard Ltd, Trench Point, Campbeltown. January 1985. Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Family.

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