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 Tollesbury Yard launches biggest trawler - quietly.

With a gentle sliding motion the largest trawler to be built at the Tollesbury boatyard of Frost and Drake Ltd slid daintily into the water without so much as a mild splash, on Wednesday.


The 40ft MARGARET ANNE CK40 - named after the wives of the owners, Brightlingsea fishermen Mr T. Sargent and Mr D. Jacobs - was launched ...
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Tollesbury Yard launches biggest trawler - quietly.
With a gentle sliding motion the largest trawler to be built at the Tollesbury boatyard of Frost and Drake Ltd slid daintily into the water without so much as a mild splash, on Wednesday.

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.

His Last
Constructed of iroko on oak and copper fastened, the vessel was the last to be designed for thefirm by the late Mr Albert Drake, a former teacher at the North-East Essex Technical College, Colchester. His brother, Mr Thomas Frost is a partner with Mr Desmond Frost who represents the fourth successive generation of his family in the boatbuilding trade.

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:
CK40 Margaret Anne 14.05grt motor fishing vessel. 41.0'x13.6'x5.6'. 36' keel. C.1969 at Tollesbury. 19/8/1969 Owned by Richard Allen Jacobs, St Osyth & Terrance Robert Sargent (master), Brightlingsea. 1970 Registered on Part I Register (ON 337647) and remeasured as 39.45'x13.5'x5.35'; 14.96grt (6.73net). 29/9/1972 To Seafree Trawlers (Terrance Robert Sargent, master), Colchester. 30/1/1974 To Robert Charles Brinkley (master), Felixstowe Ferry. 18/2/1977 To John Gilbert Jowers (master), West Mersea. 14/2/1984 To John H. E. Connolly, Ramsey, I.O.M.

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


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