News: HRH The Princess Royal names state-of-the-art fishing vessel Kirkella24 April 2019
GREENWICH – Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal named Britain’s newest distant waters fishing vessel on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by officers, crew and shareholders of Kirkella’s owner, UK Fisheries.
The striking new vessel is named after the East Yorkshire village of Kirk Ella, and her home port is in the nearby city of Kingston upon Hull, which has a centuries-old tradition as an important base for the British fishing industry.
Decked out in bunting and naval flags, the 81-metre, 4,000 tonne Kirkella arrived at Greenwich on Tuesday, steaming under a raised Tower Bridge before turning opposite the Tower of London and then returning to moor at Greenwich, close to Cutty Sark Gardens.
Accompanied by Colonel Jane Davis, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Her Royal Highness toured Kirkella on Wednesday morning and met some of her officers and crew.
Later, Her Royal Highness visited another proud representative of Britain’s maritime heritage – the Cutty Sark, now housed in her own impressive museum close to Greenwich Pier.
Music for the ceremony and festivities was provided by the award-winning City of Hull Brass Band, and Her Royal Highness was introduced to Musical Director Stig Maersk and several of the band members.
Some 350 guests attended the ceremonies, and they and more than 1,000 members of the public were treated to a delicious Kirkella-caught fish & chip lunch, courtesy of UK Fisheries.
Sir Barney White-Spunner, Chairman of the Advisory Board of UK Fisheries, said the day had marked a fitting start to Kirkella’s career.
“We’re delighted that Her Royal Highness was able to be with us today to name this beautiful ship, which will help secure the future for our distant waters fishing industry and maintain the proud fishing traditions of the North-East of England,” he said.
Kirkella, the UK’s most advanced fishing vessel, is as high as three London buses above the waterline. With a crew of 30 and trips lasting between four and six weeks each to waters 1,500 miles north of her home port of Hull, she lands around eight per cent of all the cod and haddock we enjoy in fish & chip shops across the country.
For more information on Kirkella, see www.greatbritishfish.com or follow @ukfisheriesltd @greatbritfish