She is our biggest and fastest small boat - with twin 200 HP engines on her stern, and a deep-v hull, she masters the waves like nobody's business, and she also has quite the interesting backstory!
Meet the Spitfire!
The Spitfire arrived in Sea Shepherd in 2014, purchased by Sea Shepherd UK for anti-poaching operations. In that same year, she was sent to the Faroe Islands to interfere with the Faroese pilot whale hunt. The trip to the Faroe Islands is a story in-and-of-itself, with the boat sailing the 200 nautical mile trip between Scotland and the Faroe Islands alone, with two crew on board.
Then, later in the year, she responded to a call of a massive pod of dolphins around the Faroese capital, a pod later estimated to be several hundred strong. After arriving on the scene, the Spitfire and her crew proceeded to guide the dolphins away from the islands.
But before long, the Danish navy fast-boat was also in the area and gave chase. After a few tense and adrenaline-filled minutes, the Danish navy stopped the Spitfire - but not before the dolphins were out of sight of the hunters. Turns out everyone was so focussed on the chase that the dolphins managed to slip away in the chaos.
The arrest, however, landed the Spitfire in Faroese custody for about 3 years, with Sea Shepherd UK fighting a long court battle to free her.
But in 2017 she was finally freed, and without much ado, she was sent to the M/V Bob Barker to go on Operation Albacore III, now leading the charge against Illegal fishing on the West Coast of Africa.
Do you remember the name of the other small boat on the Bob Barker? 📷 Tony Fenn James / Lukas Erichsen / Sea Shepherd
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