BC Trollers

From the Bering to the Baja

On this page, as on others, I would like to build a collection of photos of boats, each one with a caption or even a small story that I can add to over time with the help of readers. Additions can be sent as e-mails to the editor and I will add them to the appropriate boat on the appropriate list.

44 Responses

  1. lia mcdonald says:

    i worked on the Rendall, Tutrix and others have some great photos and slides of the west coast in the early/mid 70’s worked in the the fishing group out of Ucluluet including the Dora Mae ll with Ron,Renadal with Byron the Tutrix with Adrian and the Ulf with Bryan and others, spent some time at BC packers and then the Co-op have photos of “The Shadow” from the Adams river run …off the west coast.. well long time ago

  2. lia mcdonald says:

    oh and the Thouroughbuilt and the Coral Sea

  3. Christopher Pence says:

    My brother Robert Pence and I own a troller built by Ole Wicks in Oona River in 1946 as “Stalin”, shortly thereafter renamed “Pride”. Now named “Sally Ann.” The vessel is restored and converted for pleasure. Let me know if you’d like a photo or other information. Thank you for your work to preserve this history. – Chris Pence

    10941 NE Seaborn Road
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    (206) 686-2300
    (206) 276-6434 Cell

  4. Sharon Hibak says:

    I am trying to find a family friend who fished out of Steveston/Ladner area. His name is Barry McGregor, he fished with my dad Jim Hibak (West Away). Barry’s boat (s) were The Manatoo (not sure of the spelling). If anyone knows where he is and or how I can find him I would be very grateful. Please email me at sandstoad@gmail.com. Thanks

  5. David todd says:

    Saw a fishing vessel tied up in Anacortes, washinton, 2 yrs ago
    Name was “Sterling” – she looked in age and appearance to be a sister ship to “Cape Ross” as she was in her original form but that is unlikely

    Any info available on the “sterling” ?

    • alanhaigbrown says:

      That is interesting as the Cape Ross and sister ships were built at Canfico’s Sterling shipyard. But the US registry has a FV Sterling built in 1929 and hailing from Anacortes. That was 20 years before the other boats were built. However the designer Hansen built beamy boats and seems, according to GAs in the Bellingham museum, to have always put a visor over the wheelhouse windows another distinctive feature of the Cape Ross and sisters.

  6. Ken Gibson says:

    I have many WC photo’s of boat’s-But 50 years ago ‘
    I need a E-mail address.

  7. John Alto says:

    The Dawn Venture is still fishing. Tied up a few slips away from my troller in Warrenton, Oregon.

  8. My father Bud North had the Arvilan (38 ft. troller) built in 1939 and fished her until his retirement. I heard in June that this beautiful boat is still being fished by her owner Dave _____. I would love to be in touch with Dave. Our family has photos and paintings by my sister Arvilla. We would gladly share.

    • Judith Phillips says:

      I was just transcribing a 1999 recording of Ted Cox when he mentioned Maude Meyer, who married Bud North. You must be a descendant of those two. My husband, Marc Phillips grew up in Bamfield and we are collecting for the archives there. Would you have photos, etc. of your relatives in Bamfield . Judith.

    • Vicky Binnersley says:

      Hello Evelyn, my husband Dave still owns (since 1986) and fishes the Arvilan.

  9. Roy Alexander says:

    Hi ken
    We are collecting westcoast boats pictures for a project in Ucluelet…would love to have your pix…and share all with Alan. Cheers Roy

  10. brad says:

    The coral sea.is in sitka ak fished on it a couple of days ago

  11. brad says:

    Its in sitka ak fished on it a couple of days ago

  12. Roy Alexander says:

    The Boat was the Manitou and Barry and his family were family friends in Coquitlam where I grew up. Bill was a shingle sawyer in port Moody with my father.His dad Bill and Barry both fished Halibut till Bill retired. Barrys sister Sandra still lives in surrey I believe. My sister may know her contact.

  13. Martin Milner says:

    Can anyone out there give me any history of Sea Maid, I’ve owned this boat for over 15 yrs and know very little about her. 36ft ex-troller, not registered. Thanks Martin..

  14. Doug Schultz says:

    I currently own Blue Eagle. It is a 1949 built troller from Vancouver.
    I would love any info that people may have into her past.
    From what I understand She was fishing out of Ucluelet until about 1970 and then out of Campbell River until about the 90’s. She was converted to pleasure use in the late 90’s, made her way all the way down to San Diego and has been back in Vancouver for the last 5 years.
    Thanks for the list so far.

    • Knut Bjorndal says:

      I owned this boat from 73 to 76, and trolled with it on the west coast of BC. The boat was built in Port Albernie and first fished in 1950. I met the original owners whose father had built the boat. I can’t recall their names but I will search some old records I have. The original owners sold the boat to a Japanese fisherman Henry Uyeda, of Vancouver in the mid 50’s. I purchased the boat from Henry in 1973.
      Henry repowered the boat replacing the 40 hp Vivian gas engine with a 5lw gardner with a 2uc gear. The engine produced 72 hp at 1500 rpm and was economical and quiet. Henry also had a new cabin built in the early 60s. I sold the boat to Bill Mossman of Prince Rupert in 1976. He repowered the boat with a 4 71 GM diesel.
      Last I seen the boat was in 2002 in Maple bay and it was converted to pleasure.
      It was a well built boat and great sea handler. I fished from Alaska to off Washington and offshore for tuna.
      Hope you are having a great time with the boat.
      Please write me if you have any questions.
      I can be contacted by email kbjorndal@citywest.ca
      Knut Bjorndal

    • Tak Uyede says:

      Is she 44′? Does it have and English Gardner diesel? My dad owned a Blue Eagle from about the early late 50’s.’s to when he sold the license as a result of the Pearse Commission buyout. Home port was Port Albion/Ucluelet where we lived until 1960 . I started going out every summer from 1963 to about to 1968.

  15. Iver Erickson says:

    My dad built a gillnetter called the Miss Dover and kept it at Annieville until the late 80s. I am looking for any pictures of her. Thanks Iver contact: intheslough@hotmail.com

  16. chris silvey says:

    Looking for info on my dads boat f.v. mar-chris built by cyril Thames in 1952 she was live well boat and troller would like to no her were abouts thanks

  17. Karen Novik says:

    Anyone have any photos of the Windsurfer, Joy Lynn, or Kaare, Kaare II. Owned by Novik. I saw a Picture of the Myrtle V further up here. Same Myrtle V owned by Kaare Novik?

  18. dave pruden says:

    The Coral Sea used to be a table seiner in B C and had the name Gavin B . I had heard she was built in Victoria Harbour at the foot of Fort Street in 1946 . Now in Sitka Alaska . Regards

  19. Greg says:


    Looking for any pictures of F.V. Northern Fulmar – owned by Tom Kasmer – I fished on this boat for a couple of seasons (Freezer Troll/Longline) I have lost all pictures I had taken. Used to be owned, I believe by Al Brown – Tom fished out of Nanaimo – though we had the boat out of Port Alberni a lot too. Any help would be much appreciated. Miss those day…. hard work – good money – salt water….

  20. Elaine Clay says:

    I am looking for a issue of ‘the Westcoast Fisherman’ dating May 1990. I am doing research on Len Clay and putting together an article on the family history and he was feature in that issue.
    If you can help me find one please call 778-426-0883.

  21. Harvey says:

    How bad is it. Had radiation killed any of the fish, and are you able to harvest them as safe food any more.

  22. Pam Withers says:

    I would like to briefly tour a converted troller, 35-40 feet roughly, to help me with depicting one in a novel I am working on (my 20th book). I know it’s an unusual request but Alan Haig-Brown has been kind enough to encourage me to post my message here. I live in Vancouver.

  23. Pam Withers says:

    Pam Withers says:
    (2nd try)

    I would like to briefly tour a converted troller, 35-40 feet roughly, to help me with depicting one in a novel I am working on (my 20th book). I know it’s an unusual request but Alan Haig-Brown has been kind enough to encourage me to post my message here. I live in Vancouver. am willing to travel to you.

  24. chuck harris says:

    I would like to know what or the Richmond star ended up is it still in BC . Thank’s

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  26. Mark Alexander says:

    I looking to buy a small double ender troller to retire and live on. It must be a daddy and classic. Gardner diesel oil stove etc. It will be my home. Capt. Alexander 619.794.3643 PO box 83061 San Diego Calf. 92138

  27. Harry Alde says:

    Has anyone any information on the fishing vessel “Trade Winds” . She was built on the prairie by my Father Murray Alde and trucked to the coast in 1968. She was a troller and we fished her out of Rupert. My Father sold the boat in 1975 and the last I heard she was still in the Rupert area.She was 41 feet in length and had a beam of 12’8”. Would love to know if she was still afloat.

  28. kevin roberts says:

    looking for photos of Miriama 32 ft cruiser troller out of Nanaimo ..was owner 70’s

  29. Denise Bainbridge says:

    Will send photo of Wahl vessel Ocean Tigress with your current email address

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  31. Peter says:

    In the late ’60s I deckhanded for two season on a troller out of Uclulet. I would like to be reminded of the name of the skipper. The 37′ boat was called the Ladore II.

  32. Randy Bodaly says:

    Looking for Pictures of a Troller/Halibut boat owned by my dad Allan Bodaly in the 70s Miss PennyLee later sold at the fisheries buyback in mid 1970s to a Gentleman form Bellingham WA.

  33. David Mccasland says:

    I am on the hunt for a 20- 25ft troller built in the early 1900’s. It must have desirable lines. Not be completely rotted out. It doesn’t have to float. I can drive wherever and pick it up in the fall time. Im looking for the hull. Doesn’t need a motor. But want it to be unique. I have found one in my home town- Juneau Alaska. But it was too rotted out unfortunately. My email is davidmccasland907@gmail.com

  34. Rino Manarin says:

    can anyone tell me anything of an ex bc forest service boat, Coast Ranger

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