Official Number
Yard Number: 380
Registered Fishing Vessel No. A734

Later Fishing Numbers: STRATHCLOVA BCK261; STRATHCLOVA A734;

Motor side-trawler

Engine - Lister Blackstone ETSL6MGR
Average speed on trial 10.26 knots

STRATHCLOVA was one of the first Mk2 successful pocket trawlers built by John Lewis for Alexander Simpson & others of Aberdeen.

It appears STRATHCLOVA kept her name throughout her career (though unclear whether Mr Simpson had her fishing number changed to Buckie BCK261 while he was still the owner of someone else). However a Mr C. Scupham of Lowestoft bought the ship in 1985 and reverted the registration and number back to Aberdeen, fishing from Lowestoft for two years until 1987 for Pesca Fisheries Ltd, Milfordhaven (a Spanish fishing company). Pesca Fisheries Ltd owned the ship until date unknown, then later owned by Liners & trawlers Assoc. Falmouth? from 1996-2001.

STRATHCLOVA capsized at Marin, Spain on 18 February 2001 and was declared a total loss but was not scrapped until 2006.

Aberdeen Press & Journal, Tuesday 1 July 1975:
'Trawler in Danger in calm water...' by Alastair Beaton
'An Aberdeen trawler was in danger of sinking early today - in the calm waters of Aberdeen harbour.
For the May Day that a crewman sent out in the early hours came from a phone box at the city's Fish Market, where the vessel had berthed the previous day.
Aberdeen firemen were called in shortly after 1am today to pump out the fish-hold of the trawler, the Strathclova (A734), after a deckhand, Mr Robert Maver returned to collect some gear from the vessel and found she had a pronounced list and was lying very low in the water.
Robert (22), 3/5 Chapel Street, Keith, has been with the vessel since she was launched two years ago. The Strathclova returned yesterday from an eight-day trip to the West Coast, and the nine-man crew went ashore later. All the other crewmen - including Skipper, Alexander Simpson, 39 Gordon Street - come from Buckie.
She had in her flooded hold a catch of 420 boxes of white fish - worth upwards of £4000, pointed out Robert - to be landed at today's market. But it is feared that most, if not all, the fish has been ruined.
With the trawler lying almost down to her scuppers - it is believed that the flooding was caused by a fault in her pumps - the vessel was in real danger of sinking before firemen arrived to pump her out.'
John Lewis and Sons
Alexander Simpson & others, Aberdeen A734
Brucewood (Aberdeen) Ltd.
length 87' x breadth 21' x depth 10'6"
gross tonnage: 127 ton

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