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Just like the net reels on the Mid Water Trawlers, the blocks they use on these boats are ginormous compared to anything we use on the shore side docks. This block is probably rated for 20 times the weight or more (I totally pulled that number out of my ass) than the blocks we use on our hoists.
This attachment goes on the end of a large in diameter hose. It gets lowered into the water over the side of the boat to suck the herring out of the net and into the hold of the boat where the fish is refrigerated in cold water to keep it fresh and the best possible product it can be for packing.
See all those pipes that feed into the side of the net reel?
They are hydraulics which power the net reel to turn and stop. It’s amazing to me how much pressure they must be under to move such heavy equipment. I’m surprised they don’t burst all the time under that kind of pressure.
Taking this picture in the early morning before there is anyone around doesn’t allow me to get a human in the frame to give you the idea of the scale of just how big the net reels on the Mid Water Trawlers are.
These bad boys are ginormous.
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Here The Herring Mid Water Trawler The Voyager Uses It’s Hydraulic Winches To Pull Itself Into Position At The Pier
Here’s a picture left from the other day when the Western Venture was loading it’s net from the Swan Net Boom Truck.
What is interesting about it is how high it sits out of the water so that the opening in the stern of the boat is perfectly lined up with the level of the pier so the net slides right into the stern of the boat and onto it’s net reel in a straight shot. Do you see those two rectangular openings in the stern of the boat that look like garage door openings? Just inside there is where the net reels are located.
As the net reel reels the net on, the crew guide it back and forth so it will be loaded evenly onto the spool. A net this large you wouldn’t want all bunched up in the middle.
Here you see the men guiding the net off of the boom truck. They are making sure it is spread properly so once it gets loaded onto the net reel on the boat, it will set off from the boat properly and not all messed up when it hits the water fishing. On evenly distributed=off evenly distributed.
I wonder how much the nets weigh? I mean the nets these boats tow are enormous, filling up this big truck. My guess is wet they would weigh 18,000 pounds and dry 15,000 pounds.
My guess is based on the size of that truck bed. It looks like it could carry 8 vats, and each vat holds roughly 1500 pounds.
Using a portable boom truck equipped with a power block, the huge herring nets are loaded onto the midwater trawler the Western venture at The State Fish Pier in Gloucester.
Watch as the massive net gets offloaded from the Swan Net’s boom truck and onto the net reel aboard the Western Venture. Swan Net has a facility to mend and create fishing nets up at the Blackburn Industrial Park, over a mile from the waters edge. They can work on these huge nets inside of buildings with controlled environments instead of taking up valuable real estate on the waterfront. They can do this because of the boom truck that can load and offload these nets for more efficient handling.