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Lions Gate

Lions Gate: Built 1938 by U. Miyobuchi at Lower Capilano owned 2012 by Galen Isham Plumley of Tofino

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5 Responses to Lions Gate

  1. Tanza Mergaert-Davies says:

    The Lions Gate was my grandfather’s boat. I remember it very clearly. His name was Octave J Mergaert (Butch). He lived on Quadra Island,BC and fished for Queen Charlotte Fisheries for many years. Always wondered what happened to it after it was sold in the late 70’s. I just heard it sunk in Tofino ,BC and wondered if this is true…

    • alanhaigbrown says:

      Thanks for being in touch Tanza. I remember your grandfather, Butch Mergaert’s, name from when I seined out of Quathiaski Cove in the 1960s and 70s. According to the Canadian registry the boat is still registered to Galen Plumley of Tofin, BC.

  2. Galen Plumley says:

    LIONS GATE was an angel . i have many stories from the four years that i ran her and lived aboard . i had many heritage wrecks with personalities but i do have to say that she was the most epic ,classic and beautiful (what was left of her anyways) i had hoped that someone would do a proper story of her life while she still lived ,such as LIONS GATE films inc. or an old skipper — for the salts of the fishing industry or just for the romance of the wooden boat . ps thanks for the photo ! this is the only one i have seen yet ,i did hear the Ken Gibson had a few collecting dust somewhere here in Tofino. would love to see more!

  3. Collette says:

    Hi Tanza,

    I can confirm the Lion’s Gate did sink in Tofino, BC. It actually sunk twice. The first time was covered by the Westcoaster.ca and the owner, Galen Plumley re-floated her. I heard she sunk a second time but have not heard the full details about it.

    Doug Mousseau owned her before, and sold her to Galen.

    She was a beautiful boat, I was very fond of her. It’s so great to hear the Lion’s Gate history. Thanks for sharing!

  4. barry williams says:

    My Great Uncle, researched and found it did sink in Lemmens Inlet in 2009

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