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Miranda rendezvous with RN helicopter during final Cod War

The extension of the limit to 200 miles precipitated the final cod war which became a much more bitter affair when the Royal Navy also played a protective role. During both disputes the instructions given to Miranda’s masters restricted them solely to matters concerning the safety of British vessels and their crews.


These constraints were scrupulously observed, with the result that difficulties were never placed in her way when it was necessary to land a sick or injured man in an Icelandic port Nor was the vessel ever harrassed in any way by the Icelandic coastguard vessels.


Nevertheless the spectacle of British fishing vessels being harrassed and in one case actually fired upon whilstso far as they were concerned, going about their lawful business, was most harrowing.  On one occasion Miranda had to weld plates over the holed hull of the trawler Everton, to make her seaworthy. Fortunately agreement was again reached in May 1976 and licensed fishing could again take place.


The agreement allowed some 44 of our trawlers to be licenced, of which twenty nine were permitted to fish within the zone at any one time. A part of the ‘bargain’ insisted upon by the Icelanders was that this system was to be supervised and controlled on the grounds by two British support vessels.


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A somewhat complicated procedure was evolved where the support commander in one of the two support ships was given the responsibility of ‘starting’ newly arrived vessels as soon as a vacancy was left by a departing vessel.


The support commander had to ensure that the provisions of the agreement were rigidly observed as any infringement automatically carried the penalty of revocation of a licence which could not subsequently be reinstated.


In early December 1976, the final agreement expired and the few remaining trawlers on the Icelandic grounds hauled their nets and in company with the support ships ignominiously shaped course for their home ports.

For the first time since the Middle Ages, no British ships were legally entitled to fish the Iceland waters and the hazards of doing so illegally were too great for even the most adventurous and swashbuckling skipper.



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Miranda rendezvous with RN

helicopter during final Cod War


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