Started May 2008
Completed January 2009

Description of Boat      

Steel hulled motor fishing vessel, having double chine hull, transom stern, semi bulbous bow, soft nose stem and with a three quarter length shelter. Arranged for single and twin rig trawling.

Steel started arriving for the Hepburn brothers new twinn rigged trawler. Welding frames in fabrication shedAccommodation bulkhead under constructionAccommodation bulkhead in place ready for framesAccommodation section now well under way 
Fuel tanks under construction Transom now fittedEngine room and fuel tanks Accommodation access under cunstruction Accommodation access now fitted Welding frames in place Fish room section under constructionFish room section frames now completed 
Box keel under constructionBox keel ready for fish room section to be fitted Fish room section being lifted onto box keelComing into final positionBelow deck to be subdivided by three watertight bulkheads into: aft accommodation with steering gear, engine room, fishroom and forepeak tank/store. 
Manoeuvreing engine room section out of fabrication shedA tight squeeze Rigging ready for lift Lifting into positionComing into position 
Accommodation section coming out of fabrication shedRigging accommodation section ready for liftingLifting into positionEngine room and accommodation sections in position & deck plating startedView looking forward Hull plating now well under way 
 Birds eye view showing plates waiting to be fittedPlating under stern sectionInside galley casing under constructionPerparing galley casing for lifting The liftComing on boardComing into positionIn final position 
Main engine coming aboardInto engine roomConstruction started on bow sectionFinal welding on bow section 
Gear box coming aboard and into engine room Aft shelter and gantry under constructionBow section comes out of fabrication shed and lifting off Coming into position View from deck 
 Trawl winch ready for lifting onto forward deckLiftingComing on boardNow in final positionAluminium arrives for shelter deck 
The main deck is to have an athwartships, steel casing centred aft of midships for galley, mess and washroom.  
Second net drum ready for liftingComing on boardInto positionNow in final positionNet drums coming in for liftingPreparing net drums ready for liftingInto aft shelterLast few bulwark plates coming on board and being fitted 
Casing and power block crane and gantry legs Bilge keels fitted ready for final welding Fitting rudder tubeStern tube fitted ready for weldingAuminium wheel house under construction in fabrication shedWartsil lips nozzel in place ready for fittingBanana towing bar being fittedFinal welding of stanchions under way 
Pins in place ready to take insulationWheel house and mast under constructionShelter deck and hopper under construction Progress on shelter deckView of undersideAluminium welding under shelter deck

Work started on main mast

Cod end Gilsen frame being fitted


Fitting forward access hatchWelding shelter deck to bulwarksBirds eye view Final welding of coaming on wheel houseAluminium wheel house being rigged ready for liftingComing into positionView from forward 

Aft side to have a steel shelter and integral gallow arrangement over net drums.

 Final welding of keel and hullFinal welding of the stern tube Close-up of completed weldingRadar mast complete and had it's first coat of paintGalley-Mess deck painted and pinned to take insulationInsulation now being fittedJoiners start work in accommodation 
 Aft roller now fittedFending protection bars fittedAuxiliary engines arriveAuxiliary engines in place ready for fittingService fuel tank fittedGeneglace ice makerWatertight doors being fittedJoiners fitting grounds, ready for fitting out in mess deck-galley 

Fitting hydrauic engine, now under way

Fitting hydraulic pipe work in engine roomRadar mast being lifted to wheel house Jurastic flooring now laid in shower area, lobby and mess deckLaying floor in wheel houseInsulation now fitted in lobby Wood work for seating arrangement in mess deck 
Last glimpse before covers go onBirds eye view of completed cover Welding up in fish room Fitting pipe work for deck washersPipe work in engine room well under way 
Forward, to have a non-weathertight aluminium alloy shelter space for fish handling and winch. 
Over head frame work under for monitors in wheel houseOak framed overhead console fitted with blanks awaiting monitorsGalley units under constructionFitting fair leadsWelding chine barsFitting hand rails well under wayFitting hydraulics for crane and net drumsFitting air vent to galley 
 Fabreicating net pondProgress in galleyDeck head and painting complete in fish roomFitting insulation in fish room Foam insulation now under wayWheel house windows now fittedFabricating fish handling gearTop section of fish room insulation now complete 
Welding pipe work ready for galvanizingPipes ready to be sent off for galvanizingPipes arrive back from being galvanizedExhaust from engine now fitted on wheel house roof Fitting out in wheel house Welding number plates on PleiadesPremier Refridgeration fitting ice making machineJoiner fitting frame work for box stands in fish room 
Final welding under aluminium shelter deckFitting galvanized pipe work in engine roomName painted on wheel house roof by Paul Robinson Monitors in place ready for wiring in wheel house.Preparing instrument panel for fitting Progress in accommodationFinishing touches to forward mast 
 Paul Robinson preparing lettering for PleiadesLetters now tacked on sternFinal welding on aluminium hand railsFinal welding on fair lead covers Good progress in engine roomTransducer now fitted 
Shelter deck to have aluminium alloy wheelhouse, foremast and landing derrick, steel trawl gallows, aft crane with power block. 
 Lips nozzel, prop and rudder fitted.Final fitting of propStart of sand blasting prior to painting Sand blasting complete and base coat now appliedTie coat now applied to hull by Bulldog marine Final coat of paint applied to upper section of hull .Paul starts lettering Lettering now complete 
 Bulldog marine applying final coat of anti fouling. Bow crest well under way to completionPaul Robinson completing art work on bow crestPainting wheel housePainting wheel housePainting upper deck near completionFoam insulation of fish roomFitting Warkaus boards in fish room 

Fitting out in wheel house

Bubber protection against trawl doors fittedLaying Altro flooring in shower roomMain Dimensions  Ice making machine now boxed inFish sorting tray fitted Refridgeration system now fitted in fish room. 
Covers come off Pleiades preparing for launch Removing blocks while Sarens crane takes the strainLength Overall 17.00 metres  Concrete ballast being pumped into Pleiades 
Length Register 

15.70 metres

Breadth moulded

6.60 metres

Depth moulded

3.75 metres

 Sarens crane takes the strain as it lifts Pleiades off her blocks.Crane manoeuvring her over the yard towards the river EskFuel capacity (approx)

12,000 litres +
daily service tank.

Galley-Mess deckBunks in accommodation block 
Draught aft (approx)

3.90 metres


Lubricating oil storage tank

500 litres (fill and vent at deck)

Hydraulic oil storage tank

500 litres (fill and vent at deck)

Fresh water capacity 

4,000 litres

Champagne bottle breaks over Pleiadese bow in naming ceremonyIce Locker capacity

6 tonnes

Engine roomToilet and shower area 



First tast of waterBow viewEmblem of Pleides and the pipers before the launchWheel house 
Net drums 
Pleiades coming out of Whitby harbour on sea trials Preparing to go to sea on fishing trials 

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Company Number 4005938, Reg Office 12-13 Alma Square, Scarborough.
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