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Sleep-Robber: Built 1958 at Star Shipyard for Fred Kohse. For full story see my book Still Fishin’ available from Amazon etc.
6 Responses to -Sleep Robber
Les Collinson says:
August 10, 2012 at 2:27 am (Edit)
Hi… I was driving by the marina yesterday August 8, 2012 in Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii and could see a double decker tied up down there. I was curious so I wandered down to take a look! What a beautiful ship the ‘Sleep Robber’ is and the restoration job to that old beauty was certainly done with care and passion for older boats. Today August 9th she steamed out of Skidegate Inlet and I could see her clearly from the comforts of my home here in Skidegate Village. She must have been doing 10 knots and was so spectacular under power, what a great piece of BC’s Fishing History and now she sails proudly with a well deserved leave from commercial fishing, she’s retired and enjoying sport fishing by the looks of her!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
Les Collinson, Skidegate BC
August 10, 2012 at 5:05 am (Edit)
Les: Thanks for your fine observations of a fine boat. She is owned by Randy Reifel who is currently doing his annual two week cruise with her. Randy values the boat and does us all a service by keeping her so well. I wrote her full story up in my book Fishing for a Living (1993) and then updated to her restoration in my book Still Fishin’ 2010.
Scott Kristmanson says:
September 28, 2012 at 6:54 am (Edit)
Sleep-Robber’s fishing career ended at the entrance to Prince Rupert harbour. Hit Frederick Point at high water, layed over completly on her side with a half load of salmon, then flooded on the next incoming tide. Salvaged and patched, then towed south for rebuilding.
September 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm (Edit)
Thanks again Scott: I wrote a chapter on this in my latest book, Still Fishin’. published by Harbour.
Phil Levirs says:
April 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm (Edit)
I was a teenager long lining on the white hope and listened to stories of longlining in Alaska on the Sleep Robber. The skipper had done his turn on the old beauty. Being young and impressionable, I longed afterword to work on her. A few years after I had my chance. Dale had passed away by that time but his stories had stayed with me (and always will) we fished a central coast herring opening and had her for a live aboard for our gillnet operation. Over the years I worked on many vessels both newer,larger,older and smaller. The time I spent on that old girl was the most meaningful. I would love to see her one day now that she is restored. I was just telling stories of her tonight. Thanks to Dale, Ken, and Barry.
My uncle Bob Sewid bought Sleep Robber from Fred. I remember fishing aboard that fine ship during food fishing and test fishing contracts. I worked full time on Blue Pacific under the command of uncle Ozzie Sewid. It’s a fine memory seeing both ships working beside each other. My father, Al Sewid has the original scanner from the radar off Sleep Robber sitting in his backyard. One day I will bring it to a fishing museum.
Thank you Alan for this memory. It’s been a while since we talked. My dad bought this boat in 1969 from Fred Kose who had it built and launched in 1956, the year that I was born. He was made aware of Sleep Robber being for sale through a friend and Kose himself. He bought this boat with the proceeds from the sale of his first seiner Exilda plus a grant from IFAB. No other source of funding except a loan from IFAB. He owed money and it was risky gamble. The year he purchased her the halibut privellage Sleep Robber had to fish the Berring Sea came back , my dad hired a Berring sea captain and sent her back fishing halibut very successfully in the Berring sea. The last years Canadians had that privilege. Also the roe herring fishery started up in 1970. With those fisheries and the salmon fisheries he was able to pay his loan out in two years. He also put the seine drum onto her before her first roe herring fishery. She was perceived to be too big to drum seine. Of course this was quickly proven a misconception. In 1978 the Blue Pacific 1 came up for sale. She was a sister to the Sleep Robber launched a year later. Mario Carr a good friend of my dad and uncle Ozzie was the owner. Ozzie was to buy the Blue Pacific and he owned the Anna M at the time. I was to buy the Anna M off of Ozzie to make this deal work. Sleep Robber had an engine room fire in the year 1983. My dad then purchased the White Cap Invester and converted her to a seiner. She was renamed the original Pacific Faith. This story is very brief of course. Many boat purchases and sales are left out. I also had the privilege to read the logs logged by Kose when the Sleep Robber was hit by the tidal wave. He was an amazing man and she is an amazing ship.
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