The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast
Pictured below is Ian Cormacks great photo of "Peak Bilbao" coming through the entrance into the port of Workington with the last cargo, for this year, of woodpulp for the nearby papermill. Slightly unusual in the fact the the vessels bridge is forward leaving the rear of the ship clear for cargo.
A look back to 2019 and a view of the marine traffic in our area. "MarineTraffic" have produced the map by accumulating the data of A.I.S. signals received from vessels as they move around, so the more ships, the more A.I.S. signals, the denser the colour on the map. The constant movement of vessels visiting the Robin Rigg windfarm from Workington is clear to see as is the leisure and fishing vessels calling at Whitehaven further south, the line above the Isle of Man also clearly shows one of the main shipping lanes. Note also the traffic to Silloth, Maryport and Kirkcudbright.
A little over 100 years ago in May 1919 the Workington shipbuilding yard of R. Williamson and son completed the 115' long steam trawler "Thomas Currell" for Sanford of Auckland but just a few months later it was requisitioned by the Admiralty who intended it to be used for patrol and minesweeping duties as a Strath Class armed trawler.
A couple of years later in 1922 she was de-commissioned and returned to Sanford for fishing in New Zealand waters. However in 1939 she was requisitioned yet again, this time by the Royal New Zealand Navy, as an armed trawler once more. In 1945 she was returned to Sanford to resume fishing duties.
At one point during this time she had been renamed "Enrico" for a short period. It seems that she was a good reliable vessel because as late as 1968, for one reason or another, she was beached at Port Hutt, Chatham Island and left to her fate. Remarkably she still survives to this day and is a fine example of the workmanship of the Workington yard.
It seems a shame that, what must be the last survivor of her type, is slowly but surely rusting away to obscurity.
My thanks to John Whitwell for his assistance.