Parkol’s latest boat building project takes to the water

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A Whitby ship builder launched the twin to the largest boat it has constructed in its 40-year history on Sunday.

Almost a year’s worth of work for Parkol Marine came to fruition when the trawler Guiding Star was lowered into Whitby Harbour.

The vessel was lifted into the sky and over the harbour edge by two cranes which had been painstakingly erected and attached to the vessel with threaded ropes over the previous three days.

It comes just nine months after the launch of Our Lass III, which was built for Whitby fishing family the Lockers and at the time was Parkol’s biggest ever project.

The unveiling of the vessel shows it is business as usual at Parkol despite ongoing discussions with the council over subsidence at Eskside Wharf.

All the 40 men working at the shipyard have had a hand in the building of Guiding Star - built on site and from scratch for Hull based firm Livingstone Fishing LLP.

The vessel started off as flat metal plates, which were shipped over from Holland.

They have since been re-formed, bent and re-shaped to form the 27 metre long vessel.

Guiding Star will be skippered by Bobby Smith, who is based in Peterhead - where the trawler’s catch will be landed.

The vessel has been built using the same designs that were also used on Our Lass III.

Our Lass was built knowing that Guiding Star would follow.

Sally Atkinson, project manager and daughter of Parkol boss Jim Morrison, told the Gazette: “What is unique about these two boats is that the hull shape has been designed utilising computer fluid dynamics. Our naval architect has been very innovative in the design of the propulsion system with the aim of improving fuel efficiency, which James Locker has seen a big improvement on.”

While Our Lass is able to single and pair trawl, Guiding Star is designed only for pair trawling and will be fishing with Our Lass. The two boats will fish with one large net which keeps costs down but allows for an increased catch.The catch will be landed from one vessel and the two crews share the proceeds depending upon the agreement drawn up between them both.

Sally added: “James has been single rig trawling but Guiding Star is only rigged for pair trawling. James has extra winches on the shelter deck to allow the both types of fishing that this doesn’t have.

“With pair trawling the net comes on board one vessel and the catch is sorted and landed.”

Dropping Guiding Star into the water created quite a spectacle in the town on Sunday with plenty of people gathering to watch.

Sally added: “We had lots of calls from people who had seen the covers come off and wondered what’s happening.

“People in the holiday cottages opposite were calling to see what time the boat was going in and a lot stopped in the street. It created quite a spectacle and it is great that people are interested in and supporting whatParkol is doing.”

Guiding Star will stay moored at Eskside Wharf for five weeks while testing is carried out. Sea and fishing trials are expected to start in April.