Tarbert fishing boat in quayside blaze

The Stella Maris ablaze at the quay. Photo: Yvonne McNiven

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Fire crews from Tarbert and Lochgilphead were still on the scene as darkness fell after a Tarbert fishing boat caught fire.

The fire on the Stella Maris, a prawn creeler, began on the morning of Sunday January 14 as she was tied up at Tarbert fish quay, with flames visible coming from the wheelhouse.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We were alerted at 12.08pm on Sunday, January 14 to reports of a fire on a boat in Tarbert.

‘Operations Control immediately mobilised three fire appliances to the incident in Harbour Street involving a fishing vessel with no cargo or passengers.

‘Firefighters extinguished the small fire in the engine compartment and left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.’

Crews from Tarbert, Lochgilphead and Campbeltown attended, with a main priority to prevent the flames spreading to nearby vessels in the busy Loch Fyne fishing port.

There were no reports of injuries.

The fire and rescue spokeswoman concluded: ‘The fire was extinguished at 12.57pm and the last appliance left the scene at 3.30pm.’


The Stella Maris ablaze in the harbour. no_a03TarbertBoatFire01