Kathy and Marty spent some time at the Jodrey State Fish Pier this week to see what was going on. This week, most of the activity centered on the herring and mackerel fleet consisting of the Challenger, the Endeavour and the Voyager. The fleet’s catch is processed whole and sold frozen as food to foreign markets or as fresh, frozen or salted bait for domestic use.
There is almost always something going on at the Pier including off-loading, salting, icing or maintaining vessels and gear.
B+Ws ©Marty Luster 2013
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.