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Hearts of Oak



W H Podd of Lowestoft


VESSELS 1960-1969


WH Podd retained


for a brief period.

The WH Podd fleet, from 1961/62 consisted of W.F.P., ADA KERBY

and the specially built BRYHER, MINCARLO and ROSEVEAR

until 1969.


The Bryher, Mincarlo and Rosevear

were built at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft,

in 1961, 1962 and 1962 respectively.

The order was placed

30th May 1960.

They were Lloyd’s Class +A1,

flush decked type with forecastle

and boat deck with soft nosed stems,

well flared bows and cruiser sterns.



LT 371

Official Number 302404

Steel motor trawler

98.0 x 22.4 x 10.2ft

55.97 nrt

166.45 grt

500hp 5 cylinder A K Diesel

built 1961 by Brooke Marine Ltd, Lowestoft south yard number 279

built  for W H Podd Ltd of  Lowestoft

2 Jan 1961   Launched

31 May 1961 Trials

7 Jun 1961   Registered

1968  Re-possessed by White Fish Authority

7 Apr 1969   Sold and Sailed for Milford

1971  owners Norrard Trawlers Ltd., Milford Haven

Nov 1973  Broke port landing record, £5620 –

212 kits after 13 days in Irish Sea

1992 Sold to Supreme Fishing Co., Belfast

Typical Lowestoft weekly catch : 1,114 stone

 NB a kit is a catch of 140lb tubs or 10 stone.


BRYHER (LT371) has been on the mud at Northam just west of Appledore Shipbuilders shed for several years and was still there June 2007.

I quote from my (SmaShipData) monthly sales, renamings list dated 8.2001.

"BRYHER (ex LT371-92), 166g 30,0m 500bhp m.vessel (former trawler-92). Acquired by Glover Marine, Bideford having been abandoned in Milford with harbour dues and other charges unpaid; part converted to liveaboard.

Towed Bideford by Datchet, beached at Northam and intended to strip."

Thanks to Gil Mayes for this additional information.

A photograph is added to the Picture page for Bryher.



LT 412

Steel Motor Trawler

98.0 x 22.4 x 10.2ft

Official Number 303677



500hp 5 cylinder A K Diesel

Built 1961 by Brooke Marine Ltd, Lowestoft (south yard number 281

Built for Diesel Trawlers Ltd  ( W H Podd )

Call sign GHXB 

Crew of eight.

16ft lifeboat and two 12 man inflatables.

25 Sep 1961  Launched

by Mrs. Margaret Tucker, secretary to Brooke Marine.

26 Mar 1962  Trials completed and handed over to owners.

26 Mar 1962  Registered

16 April 1962 Skipper : Albert ( Blowgie ) Burwood.

9 Jun 1962  Damaged in a collision with

German MV ESCHERSHEIM, on fishing grounds.

1968  Re-possessed by White Fish Authority

1969  Sold to Putford Enterprises

1969  On rig standby work

1984  Renamed PUTFORD MERLIN

1990 Laid up in Brooke’s Yard

1991 Converted back as a trawler & opened to the public.

Owned by the Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Charitable Trust Ltd.

Last surviving Lowestoft built and engined side-fishing trawler.

Due to the report on the Bryher, this is no longer the case;

at the moment, there are now two of these vessels.

Typical Lowestoft weekly catch : 1,328 stone



LT 457

Steel Motor Trawler

98.0 (108.8) x 22.35 x 10.2ft

Official Number 303684



500hp 5 cylinder A K Diesel

Built 1962 by Brooke Marine Ltd, Lowestoft south yard number 282

Built for Inshore Trawlers Ltd  ( W H Podd )

19 Feb 1962 Launched

20 Jul 1962    Registered

21 Jul 1962   Trawling Trials

6 Mar 1965   Towed in the disabled WARBLER LT 63 (Brandon Fishing)

1968  Re-possessed by White Fish Authority

17 Apr 1969  Sold and  Sailed to Milford ; owner Scupham

1971 owner Norrard Trawlers, Milford

Worked Milford for 14 years.

1983  Returned to Lowestoft; owner Davey

1985 Scrapped

Typical Lowestoft weekly catch : 1,550 stone




Newspaper Clippings


The MINCARLO was just brand new ….

and on the 9th June 1962

She encountered the German Cargo ship ESCHERSHEIM

“Hard Astern” order saved trawler in North Sec collision.

How a "'Hard Astern" order saved a Lowestoft fishing vessel from being cut in two by a German vessel was told when the trawler MINCARLO put into port with severe damage to the upper part of her starboard bow.

One of the newest vessels in the Lowestoft fleet, the Mincarlo (W. H. Podd Ltd.) at 0600 on Saturday; visibility 500 yards; was in collision about 220 miles from home with the German cargo ship S.S. ESCHERSHEIM.

Members of the Mincarlo’s crew said that had the trawler not gone hard astern, she would have been cut in two by the German vessel.

Said the Mincarlo’'s skipper. Mr, Albert Burwood:

"We watched the German, thinking she would alter course, but when a collision appeared inevitable we went full speed astern. She was coming at an angle and after the collision, she came to about half-a-mile off.

Skipper Burwood added that the 5,000-ton German came back to the trawler but they were unable to understand the shouted messages.

The crew of the Mincarlo were gutting fish when the collision occurred but there were no injuries. The force of the collision, however, buckled plates on the trawler's bow and forced her so far over that water spilled over on the deck. Little damage to the German was visible. The ESCHERSHEIM was found later in Hamburg.


13th January 1965


A DRAMATIC BATTLE through gale-swept seas; which had gone on since the early hours of Sunday, ended last-evening as four Lowestoft trawlers arrived safely back in port.

The battle began when one of them, the MINCARLO, broke down, 80 miles from the Smith's Knoll.  A second, the BRYHER, went to her help - only to be disabled herself, when a broken towrope became entangled in her propeller. The two other trawlers had to go to their aid. The WARBLER took the BRYHER in tow and the BOSTON SPITFIRE got a line on board the MINCARLO. All four vessels then ploughed homewards through heavy seas - and all four made harbour safely.

Before  coming  ashore  last  night, 52-year-old Skipper, Alfred Hambly, of the BRYHER, told how he received a message from Skipper Arnold  Burwood, of the MINCARLO, at 2 a.m. on Sunday. We hauled our  trawl, and  proceeded  to his position, arriving  at 8 a.m. he said. "The weather was very bad at the time, with gale force winds."

A tow was connected - and the BRYHER towed the MINCARLO until 3 pm. when the warp parted. Another tow was joined at 5 p.m. - but an hour later this, too, parted. While trying to pick up buffs to connect the tow, once more, the BRYHER sustained damage to her after gallows when MINCARLO -was blown against her, in what Skipper Hambly described as "mountainous seas."

A warp then became entangled in BRYHER's propeller and she, too, was helpless. “Now we have about 100 fathoms of warp on our propeller," said Skipper Hambly.  After a radio call back to shore, more help was summoned and the WARBLER arrived just after noon on Monday to tow the BRYHER. The BOSTON SPITFIRE arrived later to take the MINCARLO in tow.

Once again there was a broken tow when the line connecting WARBLER with the BRYHER snapped yesterday afternoon. It was rejoined within half an hour and the remainder of the journey passed without incident.

Skipper Hambly, who said he had been "doing so-much shouting I have lost my voice" paid tribute to Skipper George Quantock of the WARBLER and skipper Victor Holmes of the BOSTON SPITFIRE and their crews for their work over some 30 hours, “They did a good job”, he said.


A few months later, the favour was returned,

when disabled WARBLER was towed back to port

by ROSEVEAR. 6th March 1965.




Thanks for assistance from

Port of Lowestoft Research Society

and to

David Podd


Raymond Forward