Members of NEMT have purchased Sovereign, which until February was the UK’s oldest working fishing boat. She was built in 1936 by Nobles of Fraserburgh and has been little altered since. Latterly she has been in the care of Keith Alexander who fished with her out of North Shields. Sovereign is a classic motor fishing boat of the middle of the twentieth century, a forty three footer with the beautiful hull shape developed for giving the manoeuvrability needed to work the ring net. The National Maritime Museum has placed her on the National Register of Historic Ships, certificate no.164.
At present Sovereign is berthed in St Peters alongside the restored fishing boats Rachel Douglas and Favourite but it is hoped that funds will soon be raised to get her onto the slipway for commencement of an authentic restoration.