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All aboard the 'Hatherleigh'
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

VISIT TO THE MV HATHERLEIGH IN JUNE 2008 June 12, 2008: We've just returned from a great little trip to Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quay, which a ship called the 'Hatherleigh' calls home. Regular readers may recall that we featured the ship here some weeks ago and that gave us the idea to make contact. After a lot of phone calls and emails we finally managed to reach the port today, and had the great pleasure and privilege of meeting Skipper Terry Bunker (left) in the shadow of the famous Spinnaker Tower. Apart from making bacon buns to die for, Terry is an ex-trawlerman who's been at the helm of Hatherleigh since 2005. Formerly a North Sea trawler the ship is now a training and hospitality vessel, and owned (and lovingly kept) by the Pindar group. To our great surprise, Terry turns out to be Devonian, from Plymouth, with an ancestry he says can be traced back to Drake. We chatted for more than 2 hours and presented him with a mounted photo of the Tar Barrels which he's going to put up in the Corporate Hospitality saloon where he thinks it will become a real talking point. We also left a copy of the Hatherleigh book on board as Terry keeps getting asked 'Why the name 'Hatherleigh'? Hopefully, Terry and boss Andrew Pindar can visit later in the year. Read more here, with pics.

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