The Bangor Engineers & Trades Social Club Sea Angling Section was formed in the early 1950’s. The Club purchased its first boat the BETSY, which was wooden clinker built and shortly afterwards they purchased the second boat the BETSY II also wooden but carvel constructed. Before becoming the Betsy II she was formerly known as “Alice” she was owned by Eddie Laird who built the boat in the early 1960s. She was thirty feet long, with a 10′ beam and 2’6″ draft, and powered by a Perkins engine. These boats were used by members mainly for fishing Belfast Lough. “Yes there were fish in the lough in those days” no need to travel any further.
The Club then purchased our latest boat the BETSY III she is an Interceptor 33 designed and built in the year 2000 by Safehaven Marine Co. Cork Ireland. The boat is of fiberglass construction and carries 2 crew and 12 passengers. Capable of speeds up to 25 knots she also has excellent sea handling capabilities allowing our members to fish further afield i.e. Isle of Man, Campbeltown, Portpatrick and Ballycastle to name but a few.
On Fridays throughout the summer months the section runs trips for Club member’s children, local Boys Brigade Companies and Youth Clubs, for a few hours fishing out in Belfast Lough. Members are always on hand to give help & advice. The Bets Sea Angling Section is going from strength to strength having at present 75 members, one the biggest Sea Angling Clubs left in both North and South of Ireland.