BC Seine Boats etc.

I have called this “BC Seiners” but as most of these are potentially combination boats there are many different gear types. You are welcome to copy these low resolution images for personal use. For commercial use or for high resolution files please contact me alan@haig-brown.com. Listed alphabetically.

I have been prompted to put this page up, in part, as I notice how the corporate concentration of the BC fishing fleet is causing so many of our boats to be sold to US buyers. While I understand that owners often have no choice I lament the loss of jobs. In a way it pleases me that some boats go to a country that has a sensible owner-operator provision to protect jobs and fishermen.

Your comments on the history or any memories that you have of these boats would be most welcome.

All photos © Alan Haig-Brown

For those checking back to this sight regularly I am leaving recent additions at the top and will move them into their alphabetical position later. It is great to see comments by people like Rick Tanaka who has fished both US and Canadian waters.

 

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30 Responses to BC Seine Boats etc.

  1. Jamie Ros says:

    Hello Alan! I’m not sure if you remember me, but you did an article about my aluminum seine vessel, the “Shadowfax” for “Pacific Fishing” magazine back in 1997. We had done a repower on the boat at Hansen Boat company, and you wrote an article on that!

    I still have the Shadowfax, and we are now on our (3rd) pair of MAN engines – new 1550HP V-12′s ! The boat sea-trialed at 31.8knots! I also have lenghtened her to 58′, put a top house on, and many other improvements over the years.

    I was reading your comments on the Canadian Purse seiners, and agree totally. It is really sad how the BC seine fleet has been so restricted and taken over by corporations – we are still doing very well in the Salmon and Herring fisheries in Alaska, and this is largely because of the personal ownership of the fleet, and the vested interests we have in the resources.

    Hope all is well with you Alan, and thanks for the very nice web site!

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Ross, Homer, Alaska

  2. admin says:

    Hi Jamie: I remember the Shadowfax well and still have a Furuno mug with a pic of your boat. I am pleased that it continues to work well for you. How many hours are you getting on those engines?
    I am sick about what i see happening with our fishery here in BC and wrote a book in 2010 called Still Fishin’ that, perhaps optimistically, profiled some of the people who are holding on. I also did a chapter on one of the great halibut schooners and her owners. I am hoping in time (ie when I learn how) to make this page so that any one can put up a seiner pic and I will look forward to one of the Shadowfax.

  3. Nick Zuanich says:

    Hey Alan, great website! I currently the own the FV Dedication, formerly known as the “Pacific Challenger.” If anyone has any pictures or information about the boat from back in the glory days, I would truly appreciate anything and everything I could get. Cheers

    • admin says:

      Thanks Nick: It was good to talk with you in Bellingham yesterday. See my listing under Pacific Challenger for a copy of your comment.
      Alan

  4. admin says:

    Dave Sharp writes:
    My company, Sharp Marine Restoration and Joinery is performing the repairs on the Shirley Lore at Shelter island.
    Shirley Lore (ex Cape horn, ex Shirley Lore, ex Esteb) was built on the
    Fraser in 1926.
    Very interesting blog, by the way. Please check out my relatively new company’s site when you have a moment: http://www.woodenboatsvancouver.com
    Best regards,
    Dave Sharp

  5. Mike Davis says:

    The Western Viking became the tuna boat Endeavor after the fire and had a new wheelhouse built. I believe she is U.S. registered now.

  6. Barry Langill says:

    Glad I found your website, I was raised on a gillnetter, my Dad, built and repaired many boats, I became no longer physically active in the industry in the 70,s but retained a strong interest until this day. I have a bit of historical knowledge and a few pictures of the 50,s may be in further touch with you.Thanks for preserving a wonderfull era. I often wonder how what became of so many boats of the past, your efforts are appreciated. Thank you Barry

  7. M. Ben-Yami says:

    WOW !!! What a site….

  8. Looking for a 58ft seine boat for southeast Alaska something that can hold fish.

  9. Harold Wulff says:

    The Larissa was built by Ernest Wahl is 1980. The vessel was launched as a troller but was converted to a shrimp trawler, sank I believe in 2005,sitting ever since. The Miss Carmen is now Seining in S/E Alaska.

  10. vic arpe says:

    great site,, i also have a lot of pictures of gillnetters and seine boats in action from the early sixties till 2008.

  11. Cary Frederick says:

    Hello Alan.Great site.I am hoping to find pictures of my Grandmas boat that sank back in the 80s in Prince Rupert at the cannery.As the story goes they were brailing,the salmon shifted in the hold and rolled her over.The name of the boat was..The Pacific Mist.I remember the boat as a child,seeing it docked in Ladner.Thanks for any help.Cary

  12. david doig says:

    Alan,

    if anyone is looking for history on midnight sun (1938- northvan shiprepair) you can find some info on website http://www.midnightsunmarine.com city of richmond also has archives on line with photos and history of many seiners including midnight sun. vessel in coal harbour in summer and fraser river in winter.

    David Doig

  13. Alex Wilson says:

    I love this website…I have been looking for commercial fishing boat photos from Alert Bay from way back in the early 70s..
    I Remember the vessel owned by Jimmy Sewid, (Twin Sisters) Anna M owned by Ozzie Sewid, Twin Islands owned by John Onley…and on and on….
    I remember when the place was booming with fisherman……
    Thanks for the photos..

  14. Andrew Costa says:

    Alan,

    I am from the US and I bought a 1995 44 ft X 12ft aluminum seine boat that was possibly built but Thompson Brothers. I believe the owner was Bob Ross or Bob Roth?? I was guessing by this website that you know alot of the history in this industry and I was hoping maybe you new of the owner. I have a picture of the boat if you would like to see it. Small wheelhouse, rear mounted net reel with 2 Volvo diesel engines with Hamilton jet drives.

  15. Bonnie Gratton says:

    my dad was a deep sea fisherman fished on dollina #1 #2
    Miss Jean ocean queen and others

  16. Jim Nybo says:

    I am looking for any pictures of the Canadian Fishing Co. vessel Snow Prince. My father worked for many years fishing salmon, herring, pilchard, and halibut as far north as the Berring Sea. I fished summers on Cape Mark and Snow Prince (built about 1942) during the late 60′s and have great memories (some not so great) of working with some very interesting characters. Thanks.

  17. mil sedge says:

    I’ll try to send a picture of the “semidi” . skippered by Hutch Hunt lately

  18. GARY AND PAT SIMON says:

    We presently own the original Stuart Post, launched 1946, in Nanaimo for the Air Force. From what we have been told it was then transferred over to Fisheries & Oceans and had a knife installed on the bow for killing basking sharks. It was also used as a patrol vessel prior to be decommissioned and became the F.D. 3. We have owned this boat since 1996. We are looking for pictures of her either as a fishing boat or patrol vessel. We have done a major conversion which is almost finished (well a wooden boat is never finished I guess). Absolutely love the website, please keep it up!

  19. Joe Seymour says:

    I am 62 now and still remember salmon seining with my Grandfather Ottar Novik on the Kaare when I was 7 years old. The new Kaare replaced the original Kaare that my family came across the Atlantic in, escaping the occupation of Norway. I would sure like to know where it is now. Thank you your site is wonderful. joe

  20. Allen Petrich, Jr. says:

    Alan,
    I am working on a history of West Coast shipyards and boatbuilding with a background in logging/lumber and commercial fisheries as that is why so many boats were built in the Salish Sea. My grandfather was one of the early boatbuilders of Tacoma and his brother had one of the earliest powered seiners in 1905. I would like contact and information about the early building. I am in contact and assisting Martinolich family members here in Washington State. I would like any contacts or information about the shipyards and boatbuilding and the fisheries. Vinenzio Martinolich was the uncle of JA Maritnolich who built in Dockton, WA. I am wondering why they never built purse seiners in BC until 1910 as Vinenzio must have known of his nephew’s work, thought there was some sort of rift between them. Martinolich’s here would be interested in contact with Martinolich’s in BC. Also there are families in Louisiana as well as Lussinj, Croatia were the original shipyard was located. Contacts from the Dalmatian community are most welcome. I have recorded all the boats on the coast starting from 1851, as feasible, using the resources of the US national archives and wonder if Canada also used “Master Carpenter’s Certificates”.

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