Ribhinn Donn – Ribhinn from old Irish rhigan, meaning maiden – donn an old Irish word meaning brown or shades of brown – brown haired maiden. She was among the very last ringnetters ever built, it is geat to see her still working. The Ribhinn Donn II looks well coming into Campbeltown harbour to dischagre May 2014.
She was built by Nobles of Girvan in 1973. She is 63 feet in length with a typical canoe stern. She now has a 230 hp Caterpiller 3406 engine which has replaced the original Gardner 8L3B. When new she was registered with the number SY141. Her first home was Scalpay Isle when she was owned by J&A Mcleod. She is noted as having had substancial repair work completed by Nobles – “as a result of various misfortunes while fishing in the Minch”
(Built by Nobles Of Girvan: Sam Henderson & Peter Drummond)
Ribhinn Donn II relaced Ribhinn Donn also from Scalpay Isle.
Picture Postcard of Ribhinn Donn II
Unusually Righinn Donn II was built with the engine forward. This meant that the cabin and bunks were towards the stern. Living conditions would be more comfortable in bad seas because the stern is more stable in the water.
In 1989 the beautifully maintained and obviously much cherished Ribhinn Donn II moved from Scalpay to to Portovogie in Ireland. She was re- registered with the number B140. At the present time (Jan 2015) she is still fishing from this port although no longer for herring; these days she trawls for prawns.
Ribhinn Donn SY371
Ribhinn Donn was built in1966 and was 55 ft long, with a 150hp Gardner 6L3B engine. She could hold about 150 crans of herring. In 1973 she was re-named Ribhinnbhan but kept her no.SY371. Her no. was re-registered twice while she was at the fishing to PL89 in 1986 and B23 in 1989. After 2004 she was based in Tarbert. In 2006 she was sold to Mike Williams in Southern Ireland. More details about these two boats and the ring net can be found by clicking on this link to an informative interview with Alasdair McLeod.
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Model of Ribhinn Donn SY371 J. Cresswell
These photgraphs show the various stages of J.Cresswell’s excellant model Ribhinn Donn SY371 being built. The beautiful lines are apparant from the early stages.
Courtesy J Cresswell
Ribhinn Bann Tarbert
Courtesy Brian Ward