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.
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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.
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.
Compared to the much smaller engine rooms of our lobster boats, the room to walk around the individual engines aboard the Western Venture seems downright cavernous. Spotless all the way around. You could eat off any of these engines the way they are kept so clean.