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Tollesbury Yard launches biggest trawler - quietly.
The 40ft MARGARET ANNE CK40 - named after the wives of the owners, Brightlingsea fishermen Mr T. Sargent and Mr D. Jacobs - was launched informally, but despite any lack of ceremony, she was dressed overall for the occasion.
The motor trawler, which will be used for sprat fishing as far as Boston in Lincolnshire, trawling for soles and skate in Essex coastal waters and herring catching on the Eagle sand in the Blackwater estuary, is believed to be the first fishing boat built in Tollesbury for Brightlingsea fishermen since 1908.
The MARGARET ANNE will be powered by a six-cylinder marine diesel and will be equipped with fish-finders and a radio telephone. She is fitted with a Tollesbury-made one-ton winch.
From research by John White:
Essex County Standard 2 May 1969
Date: 30 April 1969
Photo: Mersea Museum - Peter Bibby Collection
Image ID ECS_1969_MAY02_002
Category 1 Tollesbury-->Shops and Businesses
Category 2 Tollesbury-->Woodrolfe
Category 3 Fishing
Category 4 Ships and Boats
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.