Friday, October 8, 2010

Name Changes in the Fishing Fleet

1. Genny and Doug in Halifax September 25, 1997.

2. Mersey Viking on the Mersey River in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, April 11, 1994.

Two members of the dwindling Nova Scotia deep sea fishing fleet have changed hands, changed name and left Nova Scotia waters.

First was Genny and Doug, a 346 gt longliner built in 1987 by Pictou Industries Ltd. She actually left the Nova Scotia area for Newfoundland some time ago, and may have been refitted and re-rigged. She was registered in Iqaluit, Nunavut as Suvaq on September 29. Her new owners are listed as Masilit Corporation of Qikiqtarjuaq [once known as Broughton Island, Baffin Island]. Built originally for Johnathan & Amy Fisheries, she was among the last of the trawlers built at the former Ferguson Industries yard in Pictou. Only two more were built there, including a sister named Atlantic Prospect.

Also sold and renamed is Mersey Viking from Mersey Seafoods of Liverpool, NS. As of October 7 she become Arctic Viking of St. John's. Her owners are listed as 55104 Newfoundland & Labrador Inc. Built in 1980 by Kaarbos Mek. Verkstad AS of Harstad, Norway, she is a stern trawler with refrigeration and processing equipment on board. She is a 1007 gt vessel.

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