New ves­sel ends 30-year boat-build­ing gap in town

Launch sees ful­fil­ment of a life-long am­bi­tion for lo­cal man

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

A Buckie man has launched what is be­lieved to be the town’s first lo­cally built and owned fish­ing boat in about 30 years.

Steven Clark launched the Cale­do­nia III in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing as part of a £2 mil­lion in­vest­ment with lo­cal firm Macduff Ship­yards.

The 46-year-old spent most of yes­ter­day at Buckie Har­bour to see the boat take to the wa­ter and last night said he had fi­nally achieved a life­long am­bi­tion.

“It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do,” he said. I’ve been at the fish­ing for 30 years and you al­ways dream of hav­ing your own boat.

“Then when you get it, you strive to­wards build­ing your own boat. We’ve done that now.

“And as far as I know, it’s the first Buckie-reg­is­tered boat for a Buckie skip­per that’s been built here for about 30 years.”

It is hoped the Cale­do­nia, which was pre­ceded in name by Mr Clark and his fa­ther’s boat the Cale­do­nia II and his fa­ther’s first boat, the Cale­do­nia, will set sail for Scrab­ster in the sum­mer to be­gin fish­ing the west coast.

Reg­is­tered to Buckie, it bears the num­ber BCK 35.

It has a full-time crew of eight, in­clud­ing Mr Clark’s son-in-law.

Mr Clark said: “There’s a bet­ter out­look in the har­bour these days.

“Peo­ple are talk­ing about it and even last night there was peo­ple com­ing over and say­ing ‘well done’.

“When I first started fish­ing here the har­bour was full and things were boom­ing, but within eight years it had died a death.

“So it’s fine to see things mov­ing again and with Macduff Ship­yards com­ing in, I think we’ll see this place busy for most the year.”

Macduff Ship­yards bought over Buckie’s ship­yard last sum­mer.

SHIP-SHAPE: The Cale­do­nia III, which was launched by Steven Clark, is be­lieved to be the first lo­cally built and owned fish­ing boat in Buckie for around 30 years

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