1973 - 05/26 - May 26th - EVERTON (Grimsby) - IMO5110317 - Trawler - 884GRT - 56.2 x 10.2 - 1958 Cochrane & Sons, Selby, No.1429 - Consolidated Fisheries Ltd - the trawler was shelled by the Icelandic gunboat AEGIR off Iceland's northern coast. The coast guard said that the gunboat AEGIR, flagship of the coast guard fleet policing Iceland's extended 50‐mile fishing limits, had fired at the trawler after she refused an order to stop. It was the first time that live shells had been used in the dispute between Britain and Iceland over Iceland's unilateral extension of its fishing limits from 12 to 50 miles in September 1972. Britain regarded the extension as a violation of international law. The British Government decided to send in warships to protect her fishing fleet from harassment by Icelandic patrol craft. The patrol boats had been cutting the British boats’ trawl wires. The Icelandic Coast Guard reported that the EVERTON was fishing alone when the AEGIR steamed up to her and ordered her to stop, which she refused to do and made off. At first, the gunboat fired blank warning shots but the EVERTON steamed on. For an hour the chase continued. Then the AEGIR, armed with a 57‐mm. gun, opened fire with live ammunition. Two or three shells hit the EVERTON, causing some damage and she started taking on water, but the trawler still kept going and eventually the AEGIR gave up the chase because it was bring drawb towards the area patrolled by two British frigates, which steamed full speed toward the EVERTON when they heard of the attack. She is seen here with the trawler NORTERN SKY standing by her after the attack.