This page will feature classic boat photos and others that have been contributed by fishermen to the West Coast Fisherman Facebook page. Where possible photographers and contributors have been identified. Additions to the historic data such as builders, skippers and current status of vessels are welcome.
The Marinet driving into it.
The Marinet built 1947 for Louis Percich rises again in photo by Lucas Chickite about 2013.
Gillnet boat rotting away at North Pacific Cannery museum on Skeena River 2013
Originally named the Bennet and built in Massett, here in about 1959 fishing herring behind Prince Rupert. Later renamed Nordica
Hillier Queen and Princeton I
Gillnet float and Sea West
Pearl C built Ericksen Brothers in 1925 for Stephen Cook.
Misty Isle 1970s.
Western Chief in 1968
Westham Island bridge near Ladner
Butedale in 2013.
The early Tofino fleet
Campbell Ave fish dock in Vancouver, destroyed by Port of Vancouver in 1990s.
Gillnet collectors delivering to large packer
At Good Hope cannery
Great Northern I, fish packer
Island Maid II
Joan F 3
Kaare became Istra
Royal T and Who Care. latter name led to many stories with authorities on air.
Shannon M, trawler
The Tatchu and Mermaid II on a large herring set.
Unimak built AC Benson 1946 later rolled over when it crossed a tug’s towline. Man trapped and lost in fo’c'sle
Vic Isle closing up
Advise, gillnet collector
Waldero built A.C. Benson for Walter Carr in 1950
Cannery workers in Namu late ’50s. (Windsors?)
Union Steamship’s Cardena
Mark Alan built by Mike Goldrupp for Hutch Hunt.
The Cook family feet in Alert Bay
BC Pride, built 1937 by Union Boatworks of Vancouve
Barbie Jean, gillnetter
gillnetting Bella Coola 1956
Laredo built 1941 by Stanley Park shipyard for R. M. Gammon, later converted to yacht by BC Packers. Now in US 2013
Island Ocean became a Joye boat, built by Goldrupp
Blair Peral’s first Ocean Pearl.
Port Clements, Haida Gwaii, 1958. drum on table and Haida boats, Haida Warrior
White Swan built by Charlie Clarke for Pilchard in 1940s
Griffith boat on rock at Egmont
Miss Joye when new
Brooks Bay built 1944
Campbell Ave. Fish Dock foolishly destroyed by the Port of Vancouver.
Izumi V: built Harbour Boatworks, Vancouver 1927. It was a big year for building seine boats
Miss Joye: In her prime.
Orcak G: With Ric Tanaka uptop.
Arpirl Wine built by Remmem in Delta, built in 1970 owned by Errol Sam who bought from Gerald Zboyovsky about 1994.
Manhattan II built by Hilmar Wingen
Cap Rouge: Knopp family ran for BCP
Brailing herring the old way
Good Hope in Rivers Inlet
Great Northern 1
Haida later became Emil K
Ray Peterson probably on the Emma K
Royal T and Who Cares
Sampson IV, gillnet camp
Shannon M opening cod end of trawl.
Tachu and Mermaid II on large herring set.
Tulcrest built by T. Yoneda of Victoria in 1926.
Twin Sisters being launched from Anderson’s shipyard in Sointula for Jimmy Sewid of Alert Bay
Velmar at the Wahl shipyard across from Prince Rupert
Vic Isle completing a set.
Halibut schooner with Inskip alongside.
At Bella Coola in 1956
Cape Douglas: sunk on both Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
Misty Moon: built 1951 in Vancouver by Johnstone Bros for Johnstone and Fletcher
New Venture, built by Matsumoto 1955 for Mike Sakich
Orca G, built 1926 by B. Kaario at Sointula.
Chilco Lake built 1951 by Star Shipyard for BCP. Sister was Quesnel Lake.
recent pic of the Advise somewhere on the Fraser River
One of two, sister was Predator, built by Wahl for Byran Wrights Quality Fish around 1974 or 75,
Sun fish caught by Cape Lazo. On the right Reg cook and Roy Cranmer
Snow Prince with Reg Cook 1973
Striking seine fleet at Alert Bay
Nelson Bros. Western Scout.
Star Tania in Skidigate Narrows
Alaska Limit seiner Jambore
Nita Dawn at Nanaimo 2013
Amber III: now in US
Bruce Luck: built Star Shipyards of New Westminster in 1948 for Wilho E. Luck
Cape Churchill: built 1949 at Sterling for Canfisco
Cape Pine ; built in Michigan USA in 1942
Cape Ross: built Sterling Shipyard 1952 for Canfisco
Carlyle S: built Menchions 1944 for Shannon
Comox Post: built Newcastle Shipyard in 1944 for”The Crown”
Elling K: built Sterling
Great Northern 3: Built 1947 by Bensons for Francis Millerd
Jessie Island XI: built 1929 by J. Arimoto for M. Tabata for herring saltery on Jessie Island in Departure Bay, BC
Kaisun: Built 1925 by Westminster Ry for Canfisco
Kimsquit: built 1944 by Newcastle Shipyard of Nanaimo
Louisa C: sunk by a net full of herring
Masset Bult seiners
New Venture: built in 1955 by Matsumoto and sons for Mike Sakich. Now converted to yacht.
Norqueen: built Californai 1942
Northern Dawn: Matsumoto-built
Cape Devon: built at Canfisco-owned Sterling Shipyard in 1950 for Canfisco subsidiary Brooks Bay Packing
Laredo built Stanley Park Shipyards in 1941 for R. Gammon. Now yacht in US
Sunnfjord: Matsumoto built now in US
Emil K: built Star Shipyards of New Westminster in 1941.
Marc Alan built by Mike Goldrup at Campbell River for Hutch Hunt
Nichole Joye: build by Mike Goldrupp at Campbell River
Cape Bathurst built by Armstrong Bros of Victoria in 1941 for Canfisco
Eva D ii: Built by Sam Matusmoto in 1954 for John Dick of Cape Mudge
Good Partner: built by Fenner and Hood of Vancouver in 1936 for J. Radil
Great Northern 8: built Washington, USA 1908
Norqueen: built in California in 1942.
Northern Girl: powered by dry base 500 HP GM diesel
Snow Fall: built 1937 by Boeing Aircraft of Vancouver for Nootka Packing
Halibut steamer New England.
Silver Bounty: Matsumoto built
Good Hope II:
Mystic Sea: built by Goldrup?
Waterfall, the original wooden version
Active Pass: Built Star Shpyards of New Westminster for BC Packers in 1945
Canoe Pass Co-Op
Packer Clover Leaf
Fred Kohse’s Eastward Ho
Halibut schooner Emma H
The original Haida Girl built at Massett
Hey-Dad, owned for a time by Nancy Marshal of Ladner and last known in touch shape at Bella Coola
Princess Coleen before new house
Sleep Robber, Bill Garden design built for Fred Kohse now owned by Randy Reifle.
Sunnfjord, Matsumoto-built now in US
Haida Raider (ex Ed II)
Pulling by Hand
Northern Dawn built Matsumoto
Great Northern 3
Paula Mae, she is in US now
Astronaut in Eddie Pass
Silver Bounty built by Matsumoto
A great collection of Masset-built and owned seiners.
Seagull: Micheal Drouin’s fathers boat at Port Hardy
Promise Isle: newly launched
Alisa: built by Frostad in 1974 owned in 2014 by Victor Amos of Port Alberni BC
Anna M: built 1940 by Stanley Park Shipyard in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Registered to Mabel Knox, Port Hardy in 2013.
A classic halibut stern.
Elva M: Built by Menchions in Vancouver for Yasuichi Sakai in 1928.
Ebenezer: Was once a common sight.
Joy C: Lawrence Foort reports: Looks very much like the troller Dewey Vaughn owned for many years. Dewey was the father of Lloyd Vaughn, well known B.C. fisherman.
Emma H: The early halibut days.
Misty Moon: Bill Philippson It was built in Rupert,James Dean built it down by that little slue by Breakers Pub,Carl Olafson bought it in 59 i think,sold it to Ross Hokastad in 1978,when he built the Ocean Island
Annandale: Built 1918 by Ferrier and Lucas for Bell-Irving’s ABC Packing
Pacific Challenger in the US now.
Cape Dorset: One of a classic series built by Sterling for Canfisco from 1949 to1952, All named Cape (Chacon, Churchill, Devon, Dorest, Ray and Ross)
In her hay-day but now fully restored by Randy Reifle.
San Jose: Dan Assu and then Herb Assu ran this boat for many years. The first boat that I fished salmon and herring on.
The two Good Hopes
Merry Chase: built 1929 by Yasurio Nakade at Steveston. Ian Estabrooks said, “I fished on her when Roy Clark had her. Great old boat but heavy on a net.
St Joseph: sold US and lost to grounding on first trip to Alaska.
Universe: The last boat delivered by Matsumoto in 1942 prior to WW2 internment.
Twin Sister: famous Sointula-built and Alert Bay-owned boat.
Sea Luck: built Vancouver Dredging & Salvage in 1926. Owned by Bud Recalma for many years.
The Porlier Pass was built by Y. Nakade in 1926 at Steveston, BC.
Departure Bay No.5 built by Jisaburo Sawata in 1929 on New Castle Island at Nanaimo for Tamiziro Tanaka, for the herring saltery. Fished in Johnstone Straits for many years by Oscar Lewis.
Miss Helen: built by A.C. Benson in 1949 for Nikola Jurincic.
Alaska Queen: Maybe we should have a separate page for these great Finning photos.
Kennedy Lake and..
Ken Gibson says Charlie Clarke’s boats
Tonquin, by Len Clay, Tofino
Early seiners, Riley ’20s, Tofino
Spirit Bear, deVries photo
Raven, deVries photo
Mermaid I, deVries photo
Active Pass on the rocks by B. Slivey
Secord 1, courtesy of Bill Philippson
Royal Command, Philippson
Teddy J, Alaska boat lost at Prince Rupert by Otness