Certificate no 1387
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Trawler
Location Rosyth
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Howarth, David, Scalloway, Shetland Isles
Built in 1946
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
8.98 feet (2.74 m)
Length: Overall
55.00 feet (16.78 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ENTERPRISE was built by David Howarth. Her official number was 710151 and her fishing numbers were K880 in 1960 and LK447 in 1947. Her hull is carvel built of oak frames with larch planking and she has a Douglas fir deck with coach bolt butts and galvanised steel nails. She has a cruiser stern, a raked curved stem, one deck and two masts of Sytka Spruce. Her engine is a six- cylinder Gardner with 114 horsepower, built in 1953.

ENTERPRISE was built as the first of a series intended to revitalise Shetland's fishing industry by being two knots faster than the rest of the Scottish fleet when running a full catch to the Aberdeen market. She was very successful at catching herring and white fish and had a Norse 'toch-e-toch' engine. However, she was soon overtaken by more powerful vessels and was sold by her partners to the Costie family in Westray in 1960. She was used for tourist trips of Orkney and was sold again in 1984. Her fish hold was converted to living quarters, with a new pitch pine deckhouse containing a galley equipped to serve twenty people. She has six berths aft, four cabins amidships and one single berth in the bow. The present owner reported in March 2007 that Enterprise was converted to a youth training schooner but is now in a very poor condition, having been vandalised. She retains 75% originality.

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Olsen's Fisherman's Nautical Almanack 1961, Olsons, 1961

Key dates

  • 1947

    Built by David Howarth of Prince Olaf Slip of Scalloway, Shetland as a Fishing Vessel

  • 1947-60

    Fished to revitalise Shetland fishing industry both herring and white fish which she took to Aberdeen market

  • 1960

    Sold to the Costie family of Westray

  • 1960-1983

    Fished from Westray, Orkney for white fish, crabs and lobsters

  • 1984

    Sold to Neil McKie of Evanton

  • 1984-2002

    Partly trawled from Orkney and the West Coast of Scotland

  • 2006-2011

    Laid up in Rosyth Boat Yard

  • 2011

    Bought by present owner

  • 2016

    Thought to be laid up in Irvine outside the Scottish Maritime Museum being restored

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