Built for Pleven fisheries in 1962 by "Ateliers et Chantiers de Nantes", Colonel Pleven II is a mixed saleur freezer trawler . It is a collaborative effort between the yard and the owner. The trawler has a entirely new modern design : the cuddy and wheelhouse are located on starboard and back. This configuration will be reflected 20 years later on the factory trawler Grande Hermine. The large forward deck allows an helicopter to land. At the rear, there is a ramp for the trawl. The unit of fish processing occupies the lower deck over an area of 345 square meters. She has a SEMT Pielstick 6PCL motor of 2130 HP, and a unique propeller.
Colonel Pleven II comes to armaments on August 24, 1962. She will be joined four years later by a sister-ship a little bit stronger, Pierre Pleven .
With two fishing campaigns a year, from February to July for the first, the end of August to December for the second, this versatile trawler browsed banks of Newfoundland to fish cod.
To anticipate the decline in fishing quotas for cod, Pierre Pleven and Colonel Pleven II are converted in 1977 to lobster fishing off the coast of Africa. It is a failure, the two boats were disarmed and put on sale in 1978.