Overall length 27' 6"
Beam 9' 6"
Draft 3' 3"
'Venture' is a GRP replica of a Morecombe Bay Prawner named 'Sir William Priestley'. The 'Priestley' as it was known was built for Morecombe fishermen in 1934 by Crossfields at Arnside to use as their Lifeboat (the RNLI did not provide a boat in the bay until the 1960's) and was funded by a wealthy family hence the name 'Sir William Priestley'. When the RNLI provided a inshore rescue boat (IRB) the Priestley became redundant.
Numerous fishermen tried to buy her but could not due to the trust agreement and eventually she became delapidated and is now awaiting possible restoration at Morecombe. Well known boat builder Eric Burquist got permission and took a mould off her, Venture is one of the end GRP products.
Built in the 1980's and first registered for fishing in 1984 by Henry Evans of Heswall, he fished her for shrimps in the Dee Estuary until 5th November 2005 when he suddenly passed away in the boat while shrimping.
I purchased her from the Evans family in March 2007 and I have trawled in Liverpool Bay for flat fish each year from May to November since. Several modifications have been made including a wheel house, hydraulic winch and a replacement Perkins P3 engine including a stainless steel shaft and propeller.