The MV Valkyrie was built as the MFV Honeydew, fishing number FR399, by Rory Forbes of Sandhaven in 1967. She was the biggest boat built by them to that point. Being used as a Seine netter for only a short period, she was quickly fitted out for trawling as it proved far more economical. Travelling all over the world, even to New Zealand, bringing home sometimes record breaking catches of fish made her a popular and well known boat. On our annual refit she is always recognised in her old home port of Fraserburgh with many men having served aboard her. She was renamed the Bounteous Sea and carried on fishing in the North Sea until the late nineties when she was sold to Ireland. Eventually decommissioned and returned home, she converted for diving in 2003.
We purchased her in 2007 and renamed her Valkyrie, her new name being blessed by the local minister who on a cold snowy February afternoon. As the swirling flakes came down she read an ancient Celtic vessel blessing and a Christian prayer. We may not be religious, but the boat might be.
Her vital statistics.
- Construction – Larch on Oak
- Length – 22.1m
- Beam – 6.3m
- Draft – 3.2m
- Gross tonnage – 167 tonnes
- Displacement – 53 tonnes
- Fuel capacity – 12,000 litres
- Water capacity – 6000 litres
- 240v Generators – 3
- Main engine – 500hp Cummins Diesel
- Auxiliary engine – 20hp Lister
- Range – 3000km
- Compressor 1 – 24cft Hamworthy
- Compressor 2 – 12cft Hamworthy
- Olex plotting computer
- Searchlight scanning sonar
- Su 1019 look down sonar
- Simrad c-map plotter
- GPS x 3
- Four VHF radios
- Navtext – Nav warning receiver
- Navitron Autopilot with GPS gyro compass
- Furuno 24 mile Radar with AIS
- Recording CCTV
The galley is situated at the stern and is accessed via a watertight door on either side. It has two refrigerators, a cooker, microwave and the all important hot water urn which is on all day for as many cups of tea as you can drink. One huge table allows all 12 divers to eat at the same time in comfort.
The Valkyrie has six cabins which are accessed via the lounge area. Each cabin has two full size single bunks fitted with memory foam mattresses which are replaced every four years. A small sink with hot and cold running water, a heated towel rail and two charging sockets and every bunk has a small reading light and main light. All bunks come with a duvet and all bedding, plus two pillows (one memory foam). A small towel is also provided.
The lounge is situated midships and is accessed via a door into the shelter deck. It has seating with lockers underneath, a large widescreen television, DVD player, stereo, a large selection of DVD’s and books and a large table.
There are two toilets (proper loos, not marine heads), one in the shelter deck, one on the port side. Two showers are also fitted, one below decks in the accommodation, the other with the port side loo, both have been refitted to be shower mixers from our combi-boiler.