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.
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.