Memoirs of a Neuk skipper

David Smith MBE
David Smith MBE

DAVID Smith MBE, the well-known skipper of the ‘Argonaut’ and award-winning East Neuk fisherman, visited the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther to sign copies of his long-awaited memoirs.

Mr Smith was born in 1930 into a dynasty of fishermen and, from most humble expectations of life, set to work rising from his first job as a boy cook on a herring drifter to ownership of a string of the most successful fishing vessels of his era.

As a young skipper, he began to notch up unsurpassed fishing records.

He was gifted with a personal determination to be successful and in a series of his boats, all named Argonaut, he repeatedly claimed trophies for his catches.

He was also to become something of a pioneer in the British fishing industry, making a significant contribution to the design and development of engineered labour-saving equipment.

Mr Smith later received the MBE for his services to the fishing industry.

‘Argonaut: Memories of an East Neuk Skipper’ is available from the museum.