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In the strong-running tides of the Irish Sea, a British minehunter uses her sophisticated sonar to locate a beam trawler’s gear stuck fast on a bottom snag. Some 400 miles northeast, off the Shet- lands, HMS Leeds Castle sends a boarding party to a Scandinavian purse-netter to check the contents of her hold, and off the East Anglian coast, an Island-class ship checks on an offshore gas platform.