MINCARLO, a near/middle distance side-fishing trawler, was built by Brooke Marine at Oulton Broad in 1962. She fished until 1975 and then two years later in 1977 she was converted for service as a rig stand by vessel.
In 1984 her name was changed to PUTFORD MERLIN, but she undertook the same duties. At 28 years old, she became redundant once again and was eventually saved from the scrap yard. Putford Enterprises sold her to the Lydia Eva Trust in 1991 to ensure her preservation as a classic Lowestoft trawler of the 1950-60s.
MINCARLO is believed to be the last side winder fishing trawler to be built in Lowestoft, with immense importance to Lowestoft's Fishing Heritage and off shore oil industry history.
Classic Boat: Mighty Zulu, January 1997
- 1961/2 Vessel built by Brooke Marine, Lowestoft, Suffolk
- 1977 Vessel converted for service as a rig stand by vessel
- 1984 Vessel name changed to PUTFORD MERLIN
- 1991 Sold to The Lydia Eva Trust, which then became The Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Charitable Trust
A Sustainability Award of £1000 for work on the mizzen mast, was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
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