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Virtuous set out on her maiden sea trials in the early hours of Thursday morning with a full compliment of crew and a couple of Parkol’s engineers.

Having steamed up the coast to North Shields with no problems, her engines powering her through the water with ease, Sandy and Alexander West set about putting her through some of her paces before the nets were dropped and hauling began.  To the absolute delight of everyone on board, the engines, winches and hydraulics worked like a dream & the first haul of nets came aboard the new stern ramp as slickly as they’d be cast.

However, the best was yet to come, as she steamed back towards Whitby it seemed that she wasn’t the only one enjoying freedom of the open sea, and the final seal of approval was given as she was escorted back to Whitby in the best way possible.

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