Jacinta Fishing Trawler was once Britain’s top earning trawler and the areas most famous boat.
Sad Times for Jacinta
It’s looking increasingly likely that Fleetwood’s most famous trawler will have to be scrapped where she stands in the dock.
Unfortunately, the hull is in a poor condition and not strong enough to withstand being moved in the water so is presently unable to secure a license to be moved by sea. The cost of taking her out of the water to move by land is far too expensive. So her chances of a journey to the shipyards at Camel Laird to be re-plated are diminishing rapidly. The interior of the trawler is in good condition.
Most other solutions to the question of how to preserve Jacinta for the future have been exhausted. So scrapping this much loved vessel is fast becoming the only option. Unless of course you know about a source of money which could help!
If there are any opportunities to look around Jacinta at a last open day before this happens, you can be sure that we will let you know.
More about Jacinta, Fleetwood’s Famous Trawler
Launched in 1972, the boat was built by Clelands Shipbuilders at Wallsend for J. Marr & Sons from Fleetwood.
Look Around Jacinta
Visit Fylde Coast went along to look around the trawler at an open day held on 6 June 2015. You could see inside the engine room, the bridge (below), wheelhouse, chart room and radio room.
The clip below looks around the factory deck. Here you can see where the fish was gutted to keep it fresh.
The hold (below) was once packed with fish and ice and is now a museum and function room. This group of folk musicians were enjoying a sing-along at a Maritime Open Day.
The crew of the Jacinta would be working for something like 18 hours a day whilst at sea. The life of a fisherman was either work, eating or sleeping.
The crew had cabins to sleep and rest in, and meals were made in the galley kitchen.
Fleetwood’s Record Breaking Trawler
The present day Jacinta could trawl up to 3.5 MILLION fish fingers in just 10 days! She’s the third Marr trawler in Fleetwood with that name.
- The first Jacinta was built in 1915 at a cost of £10,000. That boat was a steam-powered coal burner which operated until 1953.
- The second Jacinta first went to sea in 1955. She was a diesel-powered sidewinder which cost £125,000 and sailed until 1971.
She’s a 615 ton stern trawler which had a crew of 16. The ship is 50 metres long and 9.75 metres wide, needing 6 metres of water to float. Powered by a 1633 horsepower diesel engine, it can travel at 11 nautical miles an hour.
It was registered in Fleetwood as FD159 and became a record breaking ship in 1975 for a Fleetwood wet catch when she brought 188 tons ashore after a 19 day trip to the Icelandic fishing grounds.
By 1986 and working out of Hull, she broke another record to become Britain’s top earning trawler with a catch value of over £1.3 million. A third record was set in 1991 with a record catch of 230 tons that sold for £270,516. In 1994, Jacinta was the top earning British trawler, with £1.9 million in 10 months. In 23 years at sea, Jacinta earned over £17.3 million.
As with all machines and equipment, the cost of repairs eventually became too costly. On 9th February 1995 Jacinta was towed from Hull to Fleetwood to become the main piece of a maritime museum display.
After many years at sea and becoming the most famous stern trawler of her generation, the engines failed. A group of Fleetwood people rallied to save her and brought her back home, having paid just £1 for the ship.
She was fitted with a new engine and once sailed to heritage festivals from her berth in Fleetwood Dock. Volunteers restored the ship so that you can see what it was like to be a deep-sea fisherman.
She was accessed through Affinity Lancashire (formerly known as Freeport Fleetwood). You could look around and meet members of Jacinta Trust on open days. Find out more from the trawlers own website.
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