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The Victoria May was designed and built by Macduff Shipyards Ltd. for William and Lynne McLeman and Lynne May Fishing Company of Peterhead, the 24.27m LOA Victoria May PD267 has the distinction of being the first twin rig prawn freezer trawler to be built in Britain.

Agented by Don Fishing Ltd. Peterhead, Victoria May’s frozen catches will be marketed under the frozen@c brand name which a small group of active stakeholders in Frozen at Sea Ltd established in 2009. Supplying a prime quality product that is 100% genuinely frozen onboard named vessels within four hours of being caught has been a key reason for the success frozen@c products are now achieving.

Each of the six boats now landing frozen@c product has an individual production code, so that wholesale and retail buyers alike can see full catch traceability.

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The Victoria May during sea trials at Macduff

Woodsons of Aberdeen supplied, installed and commissioned the comprehensive parry of electronic equipment fitted in Victoria May’s aluminium wheelhouse, which is fitted out to the high standards Macduff Shipyards are renowned for using solid beech edgings and quadrants to finish off a modern clean combination of light natural wood laminates and light blue backdrops.

Victoria May Wheel House








Victoria May wheelhouse with her unique wrap round console

Based on the wheelhouse layout of the previous Victoria May, most of the Kramer 8-way VGA matrix switched display screens for the electronic equipment are flush mounted in the main U-shaped console arranged in the forward starboard corner of the wheelhouse.

This arrangement enabled a separate seating area to be incorporated into the corresponding area on the portside, where a wing steering console housing a second set of steering controls is also fitted.

Fitted with CCTV displays of hauling activities and a third set of engine/steering controls, the aft trawl console from where Skipper Barry Lauder can take full control of shooting and hauling the gear is arranged across the vessel’s centreline.

Victoria May Wheel House Monitor Array








Array of flat screen monitors all interfaced through matrix switch

Bottom sounding and fish detection onboard Victoria May is handled by a Koden MDC 1041 colour sounder operating on 50kHZ.

Details of the vessel’s location are processed by Koden KGP-913 DGPS and Koden KGP-913 GPS receivers and heading provided with a Vector G2 satellite compass. Positioning data received is interfaced to an Olex 3D seabed mapping system and two Sodena plotting systems which support tidal data, AIS and ARPA tracking. A Fishsafe unit is also fitted.

The main Koden MDC2510 BBF radar is fitted with ARPA and AIS interfaces. A Koden MDC1041 radar is also fitted. Both radars are interfaced to a Voyager X3 Class A AIS transceiver and with ARPA, provide tracking both within the radars themselves and also through the Olex and Sodena plotters.

Steering and navigation is taken care of by a Navitron NT 921 MK 11 digital autopilot with additional jog levers and rudder indicator.

Communications and safety equipment includes a Sailor RT2100 GMDSS MF/HF SSB, Sailor 6215 DSC and RT2048 VHFs, the new touch screen Sailor TT3000E GMDSS mini C system, Raymarine Ray 430 loudhailer system; ICS Nav 6 Navtex, Mcmurdo E5 smartfind EPIRB; eSEA Internet and a 2 x quad camera CCTV system.


When planning the Victoria May, Willie McLeman had no hesitation in ordering e-SEA60 for his new vessel. The smaller brother of the e-SEA90 already installed on a large number of vessels operating around the UK, e-SEA60 provides the same uninterrupted internet service to vessel and crew. This is the first newbuild vessel of this size and class to choose to install the new e-SEA60 INTERNET system.


QuoteThe e-SEA™ system from Woodsons is excellent for crew morale, welfare considerations, downloading attachments, web surfing and just great to have on board. It is essential really in this day and age. Service from all at Woodsons has been exceptional, any technical problems have been attended to rapidly and information forthcoming from the people who have attended the vessel, so full marks there. Quote

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