Lowestoft fishing trawler the Mincarlo to re-open to the public

Mincarlo The Mincarlo's hull has been surveyed in dry dock at Small & Co's yard in Lowestoft

Related Stories

A Lowestoft fishing trawler is to re-open to the public this summer after a successful recruitment of volunteers.

The charitable trust which owns The Mincarlo said it was the last trawler to be built in the town, in 1962, with a locally-manufactured engine.

The vessel will be open for two days a week from late May.

The trust said it needs to raise £200,000 funding to make it seaworthy and turn it into a floating museum.

The Mincarlo was built by Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, fitted with an engine made by AK Diesels.

The 120 ton (110 tonne) sidewinder trawler would spend upwards of a week at a time in the North Sea catching cod, plaice and haddock, initially for local fishing family WH Podd, but it last sailed in the late 1980s.

The Mincarlo has spent 18 months in dry dock at Small & Co's yard in Lowestoft where its hull and engines were surveyed.

The Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Charitable Trust said the funding is needed to give it a full restoration and turn it in to a museum with interactive displays.

Mr Bagley said: "Getting this vessel out sea again would chuff me to bits as these trawlers stopped sailing out of Lowestoft for work over a decade ago and it would be a fantastic sight."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Suffolk



Min. Night 18 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run

  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

  • A woman's stomach with the words "I love IDF"'War porn'?

    The women stripping off in support of Israeli forces

  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it to have three plane crashes in eight days?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views


  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.