New Sea Fisheries Vessel Named

The new Isles of Scilly Sea Fisheries vessel was named today during a ceremony on Holgate’s Green.

The 30-knot Humber vessel was named ‘Matt Lethbridge’ in honour of the former lifeboat coxswain and fisherman who pushed for Scilly to be allowed to look after it’s own fish stocks.

Council Chairman Mike Hicks gave a speech in which he recalled how Matt was instrumental in setting up an independent sea fisheries committee for Scilly in 1970 and also the important work he encouraged to preserve lobster stocks through investment in the Padstow hatchery project.

Following the naming of the vessel, Lucy Wilkins, Matt’s daughter, presented Mike with a silver St Christopher Cross to be placed on the vessel.

Lucy told the gathered crowd that her father found a similar cross in his own boat following the death of a childhood friend, and he began a tradition of placing a St Christopher in the lifeboat to bring good luck. Lucy wanted to carry on this tradition with the new vessel.

The £55,000 rigid inflatable boat will police Scilly’s waters up to 6 miles off our islands.