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British Motor Trawlers

British Motor Trawlers
From Development to Demise

Donald Smith

424 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

ISBN13 : 9781903599303


The British Fishing Industry is steeped in tradition, superstition, and to some extent, suspicion and this made it slow to embrace change of any kind. The move from sail to steam was a prime example of this reticence and was it not for the foresight of a few forward-thinking owners, it would have taken even longer. The industry’s next move from steam to motor was yet another classic example of this adversity to change but, gradually the advantages and reliability of the internal combustion engine saw it replace both sail and steam within our fishing fleets. Also, as with steam, the motor-powered side trawler reached its peak as well as its demise within one person’s life span. In this work I have tried to show the development of motor power from its initial installation in sailing smacks (where it was used as a secondary form of power) to the early petrol/ paraffin motors and later heavy oil engines and finally the powerful marine diesels and diesel-electric drives of the 1960s. Not only did the motor-powered side trawler achieve reliability, speed, and excellent towing capabilities, it also made for a more comfortable living environment for its crews, with heated cabins, and hot water on demand and diesel-powered generators gave ample power for modern navigation and radio communication systems. The book is well illustrated with drawings and photographs which hopefully will make it an invaluable tool for both the researcher and model maker alike.

British Motor Trawlers - Sample Images

sample book illustration
Photo.353: Ben Bhrackie leaving her builders. Grey topsides over red boot topping, brown superstructure with white boat deck sides and whaleback. Black funnel with two red bands. Note her port number on a black ground as per the rules and her ‘bang-bang’ gallows. (Courtesy C.D. Holmes Ltd)
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Plan.8a: General arrangement of British Guiana and British Honduras.