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Mary Paul

A socially distanced and much reduced crowd of family and well-wishers gathered on Howth Pier during February to welcome home the new prawn freezer Mary Paul after her long 2 week delivery trip from Croatia.

Owner/Skipper Eamon Wilde was greeted as he berthed by his Father well known east coast fisherman Ivan Wilde and the new vessel drew many compliments from the many Howth fishermen that lined the pier to see the new arrival. Mary Paul is named in tribute to Eamon’s Grandmother Mary and Ivan’s Brother Paul.

Mary Paul Crew

The Mary Paul is a steel built mono hull with an aluminium superstructure and has been designed as a Prawn and Whitefish Freezer Trawler. Built at the Tehnomont-Brodogradilište D.O.O. (Shipyard) in Pula, Crotia, The Mary Paul is the result of four years planning and design by Eamon & Ivan and sets the standard for a new generation of vessels to work both the shallow waters of the Irish Sea and the deep turbulent Atlantic seas off the west coast of Ireland.

Cummins auxillary engine

The vessel is powered with a Cummins K38-M main engine, attached to a Heimdal/Nogva propulsion system, consisting of gearbox type HG 5128F (12,86:1) and a controllable pitch propeller type K600 with a diameter of 2700 mm and four blades.The vessel is fitted with one bow thruster Hydro Armour type 950 powered by a hydraulic motor.

There are two Cummins 6CT8.3-D(M) gensets each with an output of power of 122 kW at 1500 rpm in the engine Room with alternator type Stamford UCM274G1 137 kVA 3×400 V 50 Hz, that are supplying power for on board consumption. Hydraulic power is supplied by 2 x PTO PUMPS HPR210 + 38 and 1 x HPR55 37 kW. The hydraulic deck equipment consists of three trawl winches, three net winches, one anchor windlass, four Gilson winches and one deck crane all supplied by BOPP.


Pat Maguire Electronics supplied and installed the comprehensive wheelhouse equipment at the yard in Pula and Croatian companies Indi Metal & Sistema provided the boats electrical systems.

Mary Paul has been designed to target mainly prawns in the Celtic Sea and further west on the Porcupine Bank. An Intech prawn conveyor system has been fitted to bring the catch from the stern pounds to the main sorting table on the fish deck for washing and sorting before freezing. The fish room has a capacity to carry 13 tonnes of frozen product or 500 boxes of fresh catch.

Fish Conveyor and Sorting Table

Mary Paul is rigged with a selection of trawl gear from GK Nets and Jackson Trawls and warp was supplied by Swan Net Gundry, Castletownbere. Marine Suppliers Howth furnished the vessel with safety equipment and general chandlery and boat insurance is covered by D&D insurance.

The Skipper would like to wish Eamon, Ivan, Family and Crew every success with the Mary Paul. May you have safe fishing and good hauls for many years to come.