M.F.V Dayspring FR198 [Golden Harvest] (copy)



The Vessel was built in 1975 by J. & G. Forbes & Co. Ltd. - Sandhaven for Alex Tait. She passed Sea trials and Stability test in Fraseburgh on Thursday 26th June 1975 and started working immediately afterwards. 

Technical Specs.:

Length Overall: 25.6 m

Registered Length: 23.9 m
Beam: 7.2 m 
Draught: 3.2 m
Displacement: 188.7 ton at zero trim


Main Engine: CAT D398B / REMOVED
Generator engine set: CAT 3304

Registration:

Registeration number: SSR147526
Built by:  J. & G. Forbes & Co. Ltd. 1975


Flag: UK

Port of Registry: UK / Scotland
Colors:  black hull with white parts
Call sign: @
IMO: @

Construction:

Hull: wooden - Larch on Oak / carvel / steel superstructure
Bulkheads: Steel
Deck:
wooden - Teak
Hatches: Steel / Aluminium lids
Wheelhouse:
Steel
Deck shelters: Aluminium 

She pair trawled with "Ocean Crest" (Louie Cardno), fishing consistently well at herring and mackerel. Renamed as "Golden Harvest" and skippered by Bertie Green from Fraserburgh using the seine net fishing style . Subsequently MV Dayspring paired with Jim Green's "Replenish" for Whitefish.
When Bertie retired he had sold the business and the vessel went to Kilkeel, Ireland owned by Ernie McMath and possibly skippered by Duncan MacInnes - still fishing. {"I have been over to take a look and she still looked nae bad"} Bertie commented.  After being de-licenced, she was sold to John Boyd of Kinlochleven on September 12th 2000 and returned to Scotland as a complete working vessel.

Golden Harvest FR198 made her last voyage on her own from Kinlochleven to Kilkeel where had been surveyed at James Maxtons & Co. and returned to Kinlochleven once again at 5th September 2001Moored at Kinlochleven pier till 2009, not in use. John's plan was to convert Dayspring as a floating sea food restaurant, but for several reasons this project was not realised and she was left with no attention.

We completed the purchase of Dayspring in May 2008. We found the beautiful traditional lines, strong hull structure and mostly seized and not working machinery. Staying at  Kinlochleven for winter prior to her move to Camas na Gall Bay, Loch Linnhe on July 7th 2009 where a swinging mooring mooring was installed.

May 5th 2010 - Vessel arrived at Boyd Bros. pier and stayed for a while prior to setting up a temporary semi-dry dock and finally berthed on the east side of Corpach Harbour alongside Boyd Bros. pier on September 8th 2010 for overall hull repairs, modifications, main engine removal, heavy lifting and relative work.

Dayspring been towed back to Camus nan Gall Bay in mid November 2011.

Raiser chain failure > drifted to a lee shore and ran a ground near the Corpach Sea Lock due to the storm at December 8th 2011.

Ever increasing oil prices and fish depopulation were the key reasons for "Golden Harvest"'s practicality as a viable business of the late twentieth centurys fishing era coming to an end.
The attempt is to renovating and putting this wonderful craft to a new use, preserve heritage and traditional wooden boats also :].