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Photographer:Magogman [View profile]Title:ShearwaterAdded:May 30, 2007
Photo Category: Fishing vessel loa 70ft/21m and over
One of the three fishing boats of unusual (to me) archetecture and configuration that I say in the lower Chesapeake Bay off Virginia Beach, the other two being the Lancaster and the Smugglers Point. May 25, 2007. These three ships are menhaden seiners and use two small boats to set the seine and then when they are ready to land the catch they pump it in with the pumping apparatus midships. Thanks to Ninjapadra for identification of these ships and an explanation of how they work.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Fs 411 (Until 1964 May)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Fishing Vessel
Gross tonnage:607 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Reedville Va
Build year:1945
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Kirk139 on Jan 19, 2012 07:41 (7 years ago)
Razorboy..If you're correct about the Smuggler's Point being formerly under Croyance flag, prior to that she was a research vessel under N.O.A.A. (U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) from '70's to about '82. My father's fisheries biologist with NOAA and I happened across it at the Moss Point, Mississippi OMEGA PROTEIN yard under M/V Croyance San Lorenzo. I took pics of it in early '05 and alway wondered what happened to her. Glad to see pics of her now!
Magogman on Jun 01, 2007 15:42 (11 years ago)
Thanks for providing that info about the origin of these vessels. I admittedly know nothing about them but was fascinated by them as I had not seen anything like them and they were obviously quite old. I thought they might have originally been military ships. Now we know. I spent some time on and found some books which seemed to deal with fishing and maritime history of Chesapeake Bay and hopefully those will be of some use. Thanks again for your comments.
razorboy on Jun 01, 2007 12:08 (11 years ago)
These are all converted from U S ARMY "FS' freighters.SHEARWATER was FS-411 blt. @Stockton,Cal. in 1944.....later served in USN.
LANCASTER blt. N O L A in 1944 as FS-209.
Don't know orig. # of SMUGGLERS POINT but she is newly converted from foreign flag CROYANCE which was the former Harry Lundberg school ship EARL BULL SHEPHERD. Very interesting ships.
Magogman on May 30, 2007 03:15 (11 years ago)
Thanks for your comment Tom! It is too bad we do not have a Tom Turner in the Chesapeake Bay area. I am really flying blind with the local vessels.
Tom Turner on May 30, 2007 02:13 (11 years ago)
I like this one alot. Agree it looks are interesting.

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