Mincarlo’s engines are running proud in Lowestoft harbour

Mincarlo trawler fires up her engines on Heritage quay, Lowestoft.
Bob Mitchell in the engine room. Mincarlo trawler fires up her engines on Heritage quay, Lowestoft. Bob Mitchell in the engine room.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
6:30 AM

A historic Lowestoft trawler sprang into action yesterday as a new era dawned for the vessel and her crew of dedicated volunteers.

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Mincarlo trawler fires up her engines on Heritage quay, Lowestoft.Mincarlo trawler fires up her engines on Heritage quay, Lowestoft.

The 53-year-old sidewinder trawler was built by Brooke Marine in 1961 and her engines were constructed by Ak Diesels, now known as AKD Engineering.

The Mincarlo is the last remaining fishing vessel powered by engines that were made in Lowestoft and the only sidewinder trawler left from the town’s fleet.

And a new era started for the historic vessel yesterday as her volunteers fired up her engines for the first time in front of the public on a first engine running open day at her berth at Heritage Quay.

Previously, her engines had been started by staff from Lowestoft-based marine engineering firm Small, to make sure they were still functional. But three volunteers from the Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust have now been trained up to the proper health, safety and insurance standards by East Coast Training Services to start the trawler’s main engine, which has all its original parts.

About 10 people looked on in the cramped engine room as an auxiliary engine was switched on to charge up air tanks to 300psi so that the vessel’s main engine could spring into life. There will now be another seven days until October in which people interested in Lowestoft’s maritime heritage can watch the Mincarlo’s engines roar into action.

Mark Waltham, one of the three trained-up engineers, said: “It is a great thing for the trust that we can do this now and it is a boost to us.

“Hopefully it will bring more people aboard her.

“I don’t think there are any other places that can say they have their own trawler built in their town with an engine built in their town as well.”

Mr Waltham also explained that because of her four stroke engine, no smoke would be seen from the funnels of the Mincarlo when the main engine started.

The next engine running day will be on Saturday, July 19. For more information on the Mincarlo go to www.lydiaeva.org.uk

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