BC Seiners

This page is to document BC seine boats including some historic boats. I have given a bit of info on each one but please do add your comments with more stories of builders, owners or crew of each boat. For BC seiners that I have missed please sent pictures to me that you have the rights for or that you have taken. They will go on a separate page. It would be nice to get a pic of each boat. please credit the site and Alan Haig-Brown if you want to use any.


49 Responses to BC Seiners

  1. I do appreciate these pictures very much.I wish you had some table seiners here.The one mainly is that table seine boat called Kinkasan or Kinkasan “A” thank you.

  2. alanhaigbrown says:

    Alex Wilson writes: Comment:
    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..

  3. Pedro Luzuriaga says:

    I am looking to buy a purse seiner rigged vessel. How can I found out which boats are for sale asking price and basic specifications GRT, NT, Cargo Hold Capacity, Engine, Berths, Net, etc. My budget is $500K – $650K

  4. Ken Gibson says:

    Do you wish to add “Table Seiners” ?

    • alanhaigbrown says:

      I would put them up on the Historic photos page as most table seiners that were still active in the early ’60s became drum seiners.

  5. joe white says:

    I didn’t see a photo of the phyliss Cormack, the first green peace, my dad went westward for halibut fishing, I later went herring and salmon seining aboard her, now that was boat with some history.

    • NJ Hemphill says:

      My dad fished with Bobby Wasden on the P.C….man, she was a big boat with, as you say, a tonne of history!

  6. calab says:

    i want to see the boat blie isle

  7. John H says:

    Correction about Western Mariner being owned by Dwayn Hind he sold it last summer to a fella that wants to fix her up and use for some kind of tourist activities ,she was moored at westveiw last year untill sold now some kind of legal action around her, nice looking boat .

  8. Thomas Lawrence -Pallmann says:

    Hi Allan,
    The Lillian Belle is now registered in the USA. Owned by a couple from California.
    We are the current owners/caretakers of the Gordon M No.1.
    Glad to see the picture. The boat now resides at Syd’s Marina in Annasis Channel receiving the care a classic deserves.
    Have a short history of the boat with some blanks I could send if you are interested.
    Thanks for all the photos and research,

  9. Don Murray says:

    Tenacious was built by Allied Shipbuilders in N Van for Don Murray in 1980 and sold to Viggo Mark in 1989

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  11. I’m looking for photos and info on the Nakade built seiner Merry Chase. I’d particularly like to know anything about when she was repowered with a Cat 334 and who her owner was when the wheelhouse was adapted. That work might have been done by Mario Ursich or someone who knew his innovative style.

  12. Bev says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew of my step dad
    Einar Matus Dahl and if he was ever a crew member of the Alaska Queen 11. He was a vary special person in my life. My real father was drowned on or near the heckate straits his name was Herbert Valpy on the Invercan 11 now the Northern Monarch. If anyone has any info on either please e-mail me. Thank you Bev.

    • Tony Petersen says:

      Hi Bev. I was just looking thru some of the history in the bc fishing industry and saw your message from a long time ago. My name is Tony Petersen and I believe the
      Einar you are looking for fished halibut with me and my dad on the Judy Lee in the late 80’s. He was a big ,loud, tobacco chewing gentle guy fun to be around. I believe he went back to Norway. Please feel free to email me to see if we are talking about the same person.

  13. Bev. says:

    I would like to know if anyone knows about Einar Dahl on the Alaska Queen or Zapora. Also my dad Herb Valpy that was drowned of the invercan 11. Thanks Bev.

  14. Andrew Katnick says:

    Looking for any photos/ articles on Northview which sank in the early ’60’s in Georgia Straight. My grandfather was on board and I would love to get a photo of the boat.

    • alanhaigbrown says:

      Hi Andrew: My book Fishing for a Living, Harbour Publishing, 1993 has pictures.

    • Cheri Carr says:

      My grandfather was suppose to be on that boat too but for unknown reasons wasn’t. He fished for your family for many years. My grandmother tells me that it was the westview that sank but her memory isn’t what it use to be. I also have been looking for info on the sunken boat. Did you find any info?

    • Jennifer Wilson says:

      My grandfather was on the boat too. He was the one they found, too late unfortunately. My brother has the original newspaper with a picture of the boat. Pretty big picture, I think it was the cover news article.

  15. barry roman says:

    great pictures i fished for nelson brothers for 15 years the best i remember was when the western king was built i worked on her at bensons then sailed with her on the halibut then took her to the east coast in oct 1966 stayed until christmas then on the western ocean for the rebuild fished for two years then the milbanke sound for three years then retired from fishing started a trucking company great to see all these old boats

  16. John Frank jr says:

    Can you find any pictures of a seine boat called the Princess Cherri it was a 50 foot wood seiner fished on the west coast, my father John Frank sr bought the seiner from Barney Williams Sr in the early 80’s. Then sold the boat to man named Michelle.

  17. Rick Mutch says:

    It’s great to see these boats. I deckhanded on Oceanaire for years starting in 1979, then on Ocean Summer (great to see it on this site) for more years. Ocean Summer is owned by Rick Tanaka out of Port Hardy, but he pulled the drum off it and moved it to Alaska as a table seiner. So sad those great years are thing of the past on the BC coast.

  18. Kelvin Campbell says:

    Great to have a look back at all these fine vessels. The names bring back one memory after another. Have some pictures of the original Western Ranger own by Merv Campbell. She sits on the bottom somewhere outside Bull Harbour. I will dig them up and forward them on.
    And thanks greatly for the memories.

  19. Michael Dale Medford jr says:

    I was wondering if anyone has any information on the F/V BRIGADIER I recently purchased it at an auction it is a 58′ seiner beam at or over 16′ has an 871 main I have almost got him ready for water again and I was wondering if anyone might know who the builder was and who might have been the original owner

  20. Paul Stephenson says:

    Where is the Elling K?
    Fred Leland was apparently one of the best fishermen and top producers on the coast. I believe it was sold to Mcmillan when he retired and he bought a troller just to stay in the business but hire a man to run it .Fred apssed away two years ago but his Son Mike is alive and well the last time I saw him 7 years ago.

  21. drew says:

    I have a shot of the Bligh Island fishing at the blue line with eight feet of her boom snapped off. they shortened up and kept going.. Go to nauticapedia .com I just gave a copy to him.. I had the Mary Todd and a big wolf 1984 to 91 my e mail is included

  22. I am looking for the seine boats by the names Miss Dorthy, Irene May and other boats that fished around the B.C. coast on and around Klemtu in the mid sixties

  23. O Furland says:

    Looking of a picture of the Pacfic Wave . I understand she ran aground going into Port Renfrew

  24. Al Ruff says:

    Can I submit a photo for your perusal. I took a few photo last Monday during that nasty storm. A local fisherman suggested I submit it. Thanks, Al

  25. Neil Keller says:

    I’m looking to find pictures of the North Isle and Ocean Star out of Sointula. My Uncle Bill Mielty was skipper on both. The Ocean Star capsized in Rivers inlet.

  26. Danny Brannigan says:

    Hi I purchased a 16 ft. aluminum skiff bcp 10. I am told it was with the seiner Bruce Luck. Perhaps even in the back ground of the old five dollar bill. I bought it a month ago on Van. Island.It is 1/6 in. aluminum. It now has 9.9 o/b and at 75 (me) figure it is real safe for me. thanks Danny

  27. Clayton R. Shaw says:

    Does anyone possess pictures of Hjalmer Tarkanen table seiner “Royal T” built 1942; later renamed “Royal Pacific” by B.C.Packers? She was lost March 3rd, 1975

  28. Harry Alde says:

    Sad to hear of the end of the Ellington K, she was a fine ship with beautiful lines. I saw her last in the early 70’s in Port Hardy as she was heading to the Bearing Sea.

  29. Jane Kinegal says:

    Who built the Venture H and who owned it? I remember it on the Fraser. It sank recently near Haida Gwaii.

  30. Dean Jagger says:

    I would like to see a boat called the Sleep Rober. I know it’s gone now, but I think it should be seen.

  31. Dean Jagger says:

    I would like to see a boat called the Sleep Rober. I know it’s gone now, but I think it should be seen.
    Great pictures and memories of days gone by.

  32. Alicia says:

    Does anybody know about the diamond K? My grandfather Moses Stewart and my uncle Terry Stewart use to work on it years and years ago. I’m looking for info.

  33. Ove Tellerup Nielsen says:

    I like to know if you have any idea of this Seiner,
    Builder Olaf Stokkeland. New Westminster B.C.
    1952- 52′.
    GREGORY D> .Later called KASTEL NOVI.

  34. Ottar Furland says:

    Any body have a picture of the Pacfic Wave

  35. Dave Bain says:

    Outstanding photos.

    I was wondering if anyone has heard of an old seiner by the name of the Shuchona and have any information about her.

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