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Newcastle couple’s passion to preserve ring netting heritage


FOND memories linger of the ring netters chasing herring on Loch Fyne and the Clyde waters - but few have a passion for the boats as deep as Chris Malkin.

As a child in the 1970s, he spent holidays in Kintyre with his family where he would watch, spellbound, fishing boats at Campbeltown harbour. It would take 40 years for Chris to realise his dream - to own his own boat.

When the opportunity came to make his dream reality, he and wife Fiona were running a successful courier business in New castle, with children at the age when they were leaving the family nest.

Chris and Fiona had holidayed with their own children in Argyll and it was while on a visit to Carradale that they discovered the Shemaron, a former ring net fishing boat, tied up at the pier. Something about her, the elegant lines and her heritage, struck a chord with the Malkins and from then they would seek her out whenever they travelled to Argyll.

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