FIONA CK38 oldest of the scollopers leaves for the French coast. [DW]
The ketch FIONA gets her anchor to tow out of Brightlingsea Creek, bound for the scallop grounds in Caen Bay, off the French coast, in 1931. The FIONA was the last Brightlingsea sailing smack to dredge in the English Channel and this was to be her last season in that work. She had a low powered auxiliary engine installed for use in calms or in harbour.
The FIONA was laid up at Brightlingsea during the 1930s and later at Wivenhoe. In about 1947 she was handed over to Sea Scouts to become their guardship, moored at Fingringhoe, near Ballast Quay Farm, where she remained until broken up 20 years later.
The FIONA was built at Jersey, Channel Islands in 1884 as a coasting and fishing ketch. The sweeping sheer and high bulwarks with freeing ports were typical of the larger smacks, as was the ketch rig, though before the 1880s most were cutters, with large mainsails and hard driving skippers. The height of the masts was typical of smack rig, but the bowsprit was a modest length, for seagoing. [JL]
Plate.122 in SWW.
Used in The Sailor's Coast, page 44.