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TITLE
Ships in the Moray Firth
EXTERNAL ID
PAN_17_34
PLACENAME
Moray Firth
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1954
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Nairn
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
20488
KEYWORDS
ships
boats
trawlers
fishing
Poland
fish
Polish
Moray Firth
flags
merchants
navy
sailors
Ships in the Moray Firth

This photograph shows a Polish ship, Lechistan, a Polish trawler and a navy ship with the registration M386. The Lechistan was registered in Gdynia which is a port on the Baltic coast of Poland between Gdansk and Puck. The trawler's registration is GDY.109 which suggests that it, too, was registered in Gdynia. M386 was an Algerine class minesweeper, HMS Welcome. As well as being a minesweeper, HMS Welcome was also employed on Fisheries Protection duties monitoring compliance of fishing laws.

It is thought that the trawler was 'landing' her catch onto the Lechistan for onward shipping. Catches 'landed' onto another vessel offshore, a process known as klondiking, still counted towards a fishing vessel's quota.

The flag being flown by the Lechistan is most probably the Polish State and Merchant Flag which has a red lower stripe, a white upper stripe with a white eagle in a red box in the middle of the upper white stripe


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Ships in the Moray Firth

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1950s

ships; boats; trawlers; fishing; Poland; fish; Polish; Moray Firth; flags; merchants; navy; sailors

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Jimmy Nairn & Son

This photograph shows a Polish ship, Lechistan, a Polish trawler and a navy ship with the registration M386. The Lechistan was registered in Gdynia which is a port on the Baltic coast of Poland between Gdansk and Puck. The trawler's registration is GDY.109 which suggests that it, too, was registered in Gdynia. M386 was an Algerine class minesweeper, HMS Welcome. As well as being a minesweeper, HMS Welcome was also employed on Fisheries Protection duties monitoring compliance of fishing laws.<br /> <br /> It is thought that the trawler was 'landing' her catch onto the Lechistan for onward shipping. Catches 'landed' onto another vessel offshore, a process known as klondiking, still counted towards a fishing vessel's quota.<br /> <br /> The flag being flown by the Lechistan is most probably the Polish State and Merchant Flag which has a red lower stripe, a white upper stripe with a white eagle in a red box in the middle of the upper white stripe <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.