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Continuing the celebration of our new builds,  this week we bring you Yards 007 and 008.

In September 2002 we built Berlewen for Nick Chapman, Berlewen Fishing Ltd, St. Austell. Carrying a crew of 5 men, she is steel-hulled with a registered length of 14.15 metres and was originally arranged for gill net fishing.  In 2016 she became the property of Waterdance Ltd, Exeter & Thomas Rainbird, Plymouth and was converted into a whelk potter.

You may have seen Berlewen in Whitby a few weeks ago as she recently left our Dry Dock after coming back to Parkol for some repair and maintenance work.

A year later in September 2003 Siwrengale was completed. She is a Vivier Crabber with the same registered length of 14.15 meters. Steel hulled motor fishing vessel of double chine, transom stern, semi bulbous bow, soft nose stem and with full length shelter, arranged for vivier potting, having a sea water vivier tank for storage of live catch. She was built for local firm Atlanta II Ltd (Darren Warters) of Bridlington and still fishes out of her home port.

The two vessels are shown here side-by-side at the completion of Berlewen and at the start of the build of Siwrengale.

For more info about these and our other new builds, see our Completed Boats page.

Photo credits:, Richard Potter

250 years ago in June 1771 Captain James Cook returned to Whitby almost 3 years after his first voyage of discovery on board the Whitby-built HM Bark Endeavour.  

The ship's name is partially derived from its traditional 'bark‘ construction, whereby larch planks were meticulously steamed into shape and fastened onto a solid English oak frame.

In March 2002, Parkol built a replica of the ship using oak frames, larch planking and Douglas Fir decking.  She measures nearly 14 metres in length and 4 metres in width, which is approximately 40% of the original ship‘s size. 

Complete with hardwood decks throughout, there are three masts carved from Douglas Fir. These include the 'mizzen’ at the rear, the 'fore‘ mast at the front and the larger ‘main' mast in the centre, which stands some 12 metres above the deck.

Bark Endeavour Whitby is powered by two 6 cylinder, 120 HP engines which enables a travelling speed of 9 knots, she is fully equipped with the latest safety aids and navigation instruments to enable a secure passage at all times.

Considerable attention to detail was given throughout the construction to ensure that the ship authentically replicated the many features of the original vessel. This included the placing of coins under the number 7 midship frames for good luck.

We’d like to think that Captain Cook would have been delighted by the accuracy of the work and the high standards of construction that were achieved here in Whitby, where his first ship was built.

The project was financed by the Jenkinson family, a local firm who have been involved in fishing for decades.

Endeavour Replica has been on our Dry Dock this week for her annual spruce up, so she’ll look bright and breezy for her sea trips.

For more information about Captain Cook and the 250th Anniversary of his return to Whitby, go to

It was 50 years ago today that the Parkol company was formed by Ken Parker and John Oliver, with the name of the new venture being a portmanteau of the first parts of their surnames.

Ken Parker, also known as the “Black Knight” within the Whitby fishing community, serviced and repaired the fishing fleet in Whitby. When a major overhaul was required he would call in help from a firm from Newcastle, and John Oliver was one of the employees that was sent to do this.

John was approached by Ken to join the business and with the help and support of local business man Jim Leadley Snr MBE, John decided to make the move to Whitby. Dedicated from the start, John and Esther were married on Saturday 27th February 1971 and the very next day they travelled down to Whitby where John started work with Ken on Monday 1st March 1971. Esther later joined them as Company Secretary.

Ken and John were always on 24 hour call out in order to keep the fishing fleet at sea. Some of these vessels were Success, Provider and Lead Us to name a few.

Their ‘office’ premises tended to be The Singing Kettle or The Duke of York.


Photos thanks to: Gemma Oliver and Louise Leadley

Last week we brought you Rebecca, our first new build vessel for Lockers Trawlers. This week we bring you the second boat to be built for them in as many years, "Our Lass", a.k.a Yard 003.

Launched in the summer of 2000, “Our Lass” heralded the new millennium with style. 

Powered by the Caterpiller 3408 TA generating 350.5 kw power the steel hull single/twin trawler was designed by Ian Paton, along with input from Arnold Locker, and built by Parkol.  She was built with a fully refrigerated fishroom helping to maintain both the quality and ultimately the quantity of the catch.

From 2013 she became Asteria and then in 2017 she was converted to a netter and registered with Waterdance Ltd. She was renamed Amanda of Ladram.*

Take a look at our new build update from Ceri this week, and for Yard 051. Waterdance’s new gill netter will be launching in mid-March and will take the name, Amanda of Ladram.



It’s 50 years this year since Parkol was founded and we want to celebrate in style. We hope to have a proper knees’ up when it’s safe to do so, but for now we’re kicking off our festivities by sharing some photos of the vessels we have built and worked on.

Originally formed in 1971, the business started out as a marine repair yard, further up the road from the current Whitby yard, at Spital Bridge. After being asked if they could build a new vessel, Parkol ventured into the boat-building business.

Jacqueline Ann was our first new build - Yard 001. She launched from our Eskside Wharf yard in August 1997. The 19.11 tonne 9.99m Scalloper, designed by Ian Paton of SC McAllister & Co Ltd was built for owner's I F Hall & D I A Maclachlain.

Photo credit: the late Peter Mallinson