Previous names

  • 1984 Putford Merlin
Certificate no 1786
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Trawler
Location Lowestoft
Vessel type Sidewinder Trawler
Current use Museum based
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Built in 1961
Hull material Steel
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
22.25 feet (6.78 m)
11.25 feet (3.43 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Length: Overall
108.75 feet (33.15 m)
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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

Key dates

  • 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


  • September 2014

    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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