Have you heard about Harriet or Fish Dick?
Harriet is Fleetwood’s last remaining fishing smack, built in 1893 at Singleton Brothers boatyard near to the entrance to Wyre Dock.
She was built by Fleetwood craftsmen for Richard Leadbetter and partners.
Richard Leadbetter was a prominent vessel owner and owner of several shops in Fleetwood, Preston and Manchester.
These shops sold fish, poultry and game and he became affectionately known as ‘Fish Dick’.
Fleetwood had 95 smacks in the heyday of the sail fishing fleet – in the 1890s – before steam trawlers took over in the early 1900s.
On Tuesday, October 29, Fleetwood Museum will be holding a consultation event from 11am to 2pm when the public and members of the fishing community are invited to pay a visit to Harriet, on display in the museum’s boat hall to the rear of the building.
Admission is free and volunteers will talk to visitors about the future of the vessel and ways in which she could be displayed to the public.
Museum Trustee Dick Gillingham says: “We hope the public will visit us on the day – not only to see our largest and perhaps most famous exhibit, but to offer their ideas and opinions about Harriet and how she may be displayed in future.
“Many local men have served as crewmen or helped maintain the vessel over the years.”
Alongside Harriet at the museum on Queen’s Terrace, are artefacts relating to Fleetwood port history and a fascinating collection of old photographs, illustrating how the port developed.
Harriet has for some years been on the National Register of Historic Vessels, but in 2012 joined the elite Fleet List alongside HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, Cutty Sark and other world famous exhibits.
Readers interested in Harriet should turn up or ring (01253) 876621 for more information.
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