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Sputniks and Spinningdales A History of Pocket Trawlers by Sam Henderson, Peter Drummond

Sputniks and Spinningdales A History of Pocket Trawlers



Sputniks and Spinningdales A History of Pocket Trawlers by Sam Henderson, Peter Drummond

The Sputnik trawlers (named after the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1) and the later and larger Spinningdale class were originally built as cut-down side trawlers, i.e. smaller versions of the ships that used to fish distant water grounds such as Iceland. In part a history of the trawler industry, largely neglected by writers, this book also follows the history of these vessels which were readily adaptable to other methods of fishing and consequently rarely scrapped. Setting out the background to the construction of the two classes and recording some of their successes as trawlers, this book goes on to address the major conversions of some vessels for different fisheries. It highlights especially successful boats, including the Sputnik that crossed both Atlantic and Pacific oceans without mishap to start a new fishing career in New Zealand. The vessel-by-vessel list at the heart of the book features photographs, technical details, modifications and news of each vessel's fate, making this the definitive history of the Sputniks and Spinningdales.

About the Author

Peter Drummond and Sam Henderson are passionate fishing boat historians, photographers, and the coauthors of The Fishing Boats of Campeltown Shipyard.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2010


Sam Henderson, Peter Drummond

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The History Press Ltd


160 pages


Local history



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