Canadian Trawler Spotted in Longbranch Waterway

The Canada Coast Guard Ship W.E. Ricker rumbles down Drayton Passage Sunday morning, as a white-hulled sloop sails by.
The Canada Coast Guard Ship W.E. Ricker rumbles down Drayton Passage Sunday morning, as a white-hulled sloop sails by.
The 58-foot trawler is a fishery research vessel and is in the south Puget Sound after spending the night at Port Townsend, according to vesselfinder.com.
The 190-foot trawler is a fishery research vessel and is in the south Puget Sound after spending the night at Port Townsend, according to vesselfinder.com.

The Canada Coast Guard Ship W.E. Ricker rumbled down Drayton Passage in the silvery glaze of the morning haze. Her Akasaka AH40 diesel engine clearly audible from our perch high up on the eastern bank of the Key Peninsula.

The ship’s bright red hull was screaming in the stillness, gulls flocking to her, her many equipment masts beckoning and inviting.

A white-hulled sloop glides on by.

The 190-foot trawler is a fishery research vessel and calls Patricia Bay, British Columbia, home. She was in Port Townsend Saturday (Oct. 3) and is headed south towards Olympia, according to vesselfinder.com.

Built in Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan, by Nagasaki Senpakukogyo Ltd., she was launched in 1978. She has a crew of 20 — 7 officers and a crew of 13.

“Wow, look at that,” said my lovely bride, from under a warm quilt in our bedroom and a cup of coffee in hand. “You have to take a picture of that.”

Done, and done.

Good morning Longbranch.     

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