GLAD TIDINGS was built in 1897 by James Weir of Arbroath. She is a fishing vessel registered as AH213 and originally owned by Hugh Smith. She was built as a fast Fifie and operated purely as a sailing vessel until her first engine was installed in 1914. She had subsequent engine changes in 1930 and 1943, and then a Kelvin 66 diesel was installed in 1964. During her fishing career she drift netted, seine netted and small lined between Aberdeen and Leith and seasonally crossed to Loch Fyne for the herring fishing season. She also fished for salmon off Arbroath in the season between 1945 and 1947. Purchased by William Cargill in 1920, she remained with the family for over 3 generations until her fishing career ended in 1977.
She was then sold to Terry Dalton for conversion to a motor cruiser. She changed hands again in 1985 but was left derelict on the River Medway in Kent for 5 years. In 1990, she was sold to Ian Savage who started her restoration and in 1997 she was sold for conversion back to sail.
GLAD TIDINGS finally sunk in 2015 due to lack of funds and neglect. She was then bought by Shipwright John Archer in 2016, her current owner. He gutted the inside which had been fit out as a livaboard. Once he could get get access to the entire hull he floated her using temporary measures, before putting in an engine temporarily and motoring her to the river Deben, Suffolk, where he begins to restore her at Waldringfield Boatyard.
Built by an unknown builder as a Fishing Boat in Scotland
She was used extensively for crab and lobster potting during the summer in the Farne Islands and she long-lined for cod in the winter
She took day-trippers to the Farne Islands
She collected the Queen from the Royal Yacht to view and photograph the wildlife in the Farne Islands
She went on loan to the Tyne & Wear Museums
Vessel sank in Conyer Quay, Teynham, Kent
A Sustainability Grant of £1000 towards the cost of remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
Grant wthdrawn at owners request. Source: National Historic Ships UK
A Sustainability Grant of £1000 towards the cost of remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK. Source: National Historic Ships UK
A Sustainability Award of £1000 was made towards the cost of survey/maintenance from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
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