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Launch of the 'Star of Jura'

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Ship building, once the pride of British industry, is only a shadow of its former being.

Small specialist boat builders are few and far between since the demise of the English trawler fleet, killed off by over-fishing and punished by punitive regulation from within the E.U. C.A.P.

Here in the former fishing port of Whitby, there exists a successful builder of tough, sea-going steel trawlers. They are built to a very high standard to meet the harsh conditions of the northern North Sea, notorious for its unpredictable storms and high seas.

Fishing vessels up to 300 tonnes are erected on top of the wharf taking upwards of a year to build. They are gently launched into the river using a massive 1000 tonne mobile crane, as portrayed in the above photo!

It takes almost two days to erect the crane whose components arrive on the back of ten long semi-trailers.

The launch is celebrated by the owners before the hull is floated.

It may be several more weeks before the vessel is ready to be handed over to its new owners!

Concrete is poured into the hull to add ballast for stability. Sea trials are conducted to ensure that the boat is ready for any task or sea condition.

The cost of such vessels can be as high as £1.5 million.

Ship repairs are also carried out in this boat-yard, utilising a huge floating dock Seen Here.

To lift a boat from the water, the dock is allowed to sink by flooding the sponsons. The vessel is then carefully positioned within the strong walls of the dock which is then re-floated by pumping out the water.

The vessel is then supported on strategically pre-placed timbers to keep it safely upright within the now floating dock. Work can now begin.

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Comments (20)

Juan Jo. Andújar on March 24, 2008

Gwaooo!!! It rose as impressive.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on April 9, 2008

Greetings Juan . There is another vessel to be launched here on 13th April. same way---Big crane.

Maybe post photo later.



sawant priyanka on July 21, 2008

hello jim first of all thanks for ur feedback. actually d pic is of my native place ratnagiri...i often visit it as i like it dere..

regards priyanka from India.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on August 9, 2008

Cheers and thankyou for your visit sawant priyanka


René Demuth on September 16, 2008

Hi Jim

Nice photo. Thank you for the link. Greetings from Denmark, René

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 16, 2008

Greetings and welcome Rene. The fishing vessel weieghed almost 200 tonnes and the hired crane 500T crane arrived on 4 semi-trailers and took 3 days to erect at a cost of £25,000.This boatyard, here in my hometown, employs 25 multiskilled workers, and builds around 3 of these trawlers each year. (each vessel costs on average £1.5 million. They build a fine boat.

Thanks for dropping in.


---=XEON=--- on September 17, 2008

Interesing Shot. I'm a seaman but thet don't sea

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 4, 2008

Sorry for the late response XEON, I am having big problems with this computer. It keeps crashing. Thanks for your comment. Jim

---=XEON=--- on October 9, 2008

Don't sorry, all ok, i have some problem and can't write to all comments when i write in time. ;) No thanks you ;)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on October 9, 2008

Здравствуйте, Xeon, я ценю ваши попытки общаться на моем языке, но, к сожалению, я не понимаю вашей Английский грамматика.

Я надеюсь, что Вы можете понять это сообщение, Я посылаю к вам.

Как я не понимаю русский язык, я использую Google Translate, чтобы помочь мне ..

Если вы не понимаете, как использовать Google Translate, то общение на вашем родном языке, и я буду переводить сам.

Спасибо за посещение моей галерее.

Вы скоро узнаете, как использовать все эти функции, она занимает лишь немного практики.

Искренняя касается Джима --- псевдоним AXOTA

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 30, 2008

Greetings Lorenzo, thanks for dropping in.--Jim

Nick Weall on March 16, 2009

A flying boat to catch flying fish! What a wonderful capture Jim and a great story ~ the cost of hiring that crane is staggering and it is a mighty beast. I would have loved to have watched them assemble the crane and then witness the lauch as well. You were a lucky chap and no doubt can witness the same event two or three times a year then. All the very best to you Jim from nick and thanks for sharing this great shot and the associated information. :)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 18, 2009

Dear Nick, good to see you here;>)

Soon another trawler will be ready to launch and the Scottish owners and their families will make the voyage south to bless the boat and give her its name.

Afterwards, the revellers will consume much of the falling down liquid, and to the tune of a lone (and probably asthmatic) piper, the younger element will no doubt jig away into the early hours.

Eventually, when realisation takes over, the Scots will return to their homeland in a charabanc with a LOCH FYNE EXCURSIONS emblazoned on its side and loud shouts of "FREEEEEEDOM" hurled at local passers by, along with a few empty single malt whisky bottles.

We are well used to these incursions from the tribes north of the border!!

HADRIAN couldn't stop them and neither can we ;>))

No offence meant to my scottish readers ;>)


roma_volzskij on June 15, 2010

Jim how do You do?:)

Gabor Retei on September 6, 2010

As a boat-nut I am surprised, that I haven't commented on his picture yet Jim. We have some boat production here in B.C. but seldom to see a lunch this way! Great info and naturally a great picture worth a "Like" and a Y*.

Cheers, Gabe

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 6, 2010

romavolzskij~~~~~Hi has been too long since I last spoke to you and I have had too many distractions..I hope to visit your gallery soon my friend ;>)

Gabor Retei----It is evident from the many interesting and unusual boat scenes in your gallery that you are indeed a fellow enthusiast Gabe...The boatyard here in this photo is suffering a lack of orders. The only vessel in their stocks is a steel oceanic sailing craft. The owner of which is on the board of directors at the yard. Sadly, it is only a matter of time before highly skilled workers will be laid off.

I'm grateful for your generous appraisal Gabe..such encouragement makes posting these photos so worthwhile.

Kind regards to you both ;>)


roma_volzskij on September 8, 2010

Jim!Welcome Welcome!!I will be very glad to see You also in my Sankt Peterburg and Volgograd home!Welcome!Old Good Russian Friend Roma!:)

Buts Yuri on June 10, 2011

LIKED! Beautiful photo!

Greetings from Ukraine, Yuri.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 15, 2011

Michel ROYON~~~~Thanks Michel ;) I had not heard of the "Bugaled Breiz" being sunk by a submarine..I thought the war had ended in 1945!

tonydanis~~~A warm welcome Tony..Many thanks for your kind appraisal!

Buts_YV~~~You are most welcome Yuri, it's a pleasure to receive your considered evaluation ;)

I'm most grateful for the friendly visits and nice compliments guys!


Biplab Kumar Pal on May 30, 2014

Excellent shot, F+L, best wishes, Biplab.

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  • Uploaded on February 13, 2008
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2006/10/07 14:53:23
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    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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