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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Kathy and Marty had a brief but pleasant visit with Peter Mullen, owner of the 165 foot midwater trawler-seiner Western Venture and the 109 foot Osprey.

The boats fish for herring and mackerel, often on Georges Bank, and market their catch locally and in Boston for bait and overseas (Mediterranean countries and Africa) for human consumption.

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Photos ©Kathy Chapman 2014
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Photo © Marty Luster 2014
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Western Venture backing into Rose Marina on Rogers Street

Was very impressed how the captain was able to back this ship into the Marina, I have a hard enough time backing into a space on Main Street.  Here is some information on this huge ship, by the late Peter Prybot, February 7, 2007 from the Gloucester Daily Times.

At an impressive 164-by-40-by-14 feet, the Western Venture is a European design combination of mid-water trawler/purse.  The vessel’s refrigerated seawater tanks can hold over a million pounds of fish at a temperature of 32 degrees. Its twin 1,500 horse power diesels give it the power to fish just about any depth, and its main trawl winches, which each hold over seven tons of 11/4-inch diameter towing wire and can lift a dead weight of 90,000 pounds apiece, can haul up big catches from the depths.

January 10, 2013 backing up at Cruiseport

Western Venture Net Loading

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.

Western Venture Net Loading, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Westen Venture Loads Net From Swan Net Boom Truck Video

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.

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