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We’re spoiling you today with a bumper edition of 4 boats. Yards, 011, 012, 014 and 015. What about Yard 013? Call us superstitious but we didn’t build a Yard 13.

Yard 011 completed October 2004 and was named Rachel Jayne II – She was a steel-hulled fishing vessel rigged for Single and Twin Rig trawling, with a crew of four men. She was built for Ryan Whitehead, Maryport and has had a couple of owners since.

Yard 012 Celtic Dawn II completed in March 2005 She was arranged for static gear creel fishing having a vivier tank, freezer bait store and dry hold and with a crew of six men to man her. The vessel was built for Ronnie Norquoy, Celtic Dawn Fishing Ltd.

Yard 014 Rois Mhiari was built for John MacAlister (Oban) Ltd and completed in August 2005. She was rigged for scallop dredge fishing, with dredge emptying doors and catch handling conveyors for 10 dredges per side. The main deck working area had split trawl winches, hinged outrigger arms, dredge pulling in winches, with catch conveyors and dredge emptying doors incorporated into bulwark sides.

Yard 015 launched in November 2005 making Ebonnie the 3rd vessel that Parkol completed in the same year. A grand achievement for the 2nd year running! She was built for Nick Bright, Paignton. A bonnie lass indeed, she was arranged for static gear creel fishing, fitted with a vivier tank and dry hold, and to be manned by a crew of 6 men.

We’ve included photographs of the vessels at sea and during their build. Hopefully, you’ll spot some familiar faces amongst them.


Photo credits:, Richard Potter

In 2004 Yard 010 Harmoni, built for G. & M. Roberts Fishing (Nefyn) Ltd was completed first in June, then in September Yard 009 Emulate II built for H Locker And C.Lambert was completed.

Harmoni is a steel hulled Scalloper rigged for Queenie and Clam fishing with 8 dredges per side and automated catch handling. She has forward trawl winch, hinged outriggers, lifting gantry and Queenie riddles.  The shelter deck incorporates troughs, set into the deck at side over the length of the dredge bars to receive the catch.

Emulate II is a steel hulled motor fishing vessel originally rigged for single and twin rig trawling, with large aft working deck having deck mounted split net drum, trawl winch, trawl gallows and gantry, gilsen pole and fish hopper. She was later converted to a scalloper / trawler.  


Photo credits:, Richard Potter

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