Brushed metal plaque № 30292 in Scarborough

This plaque is to commemorate 50 years of the Hatherleigh ‘The Scarborough Sidewinder’
She was built as a trawler by Richards Ironworks of Lowestoft, and was launched on the 4th March 1961 as ‘Suffolk Punch’ 31 metres long, 7m beam and with a draught of 3.4.m powered by a turbo-charged 6 cylinder Ruston-Hornsby diesel. She was one of the last fishing boats built in blue steel with a riveted hull and now one of the last surviving examples of a ‘Sidewinder’ (hauling the gear over the side as opposed to the stern). In the early 1980s she was converted to oil rig rescue/support and then in 1993 a local printing company converted her to a corporate hospitality vessel.
Her graceful lines hark back to the days before all the licensing authorities when fishing boats were built for their sea keeping qualities and to do their job.
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