Collected Images of Tuna Pole Boats with commentary from my trips

  [an error occurred while processing this directive] visits since Feb 19, 2006.   The images in this Album were collected from the Internet. They are presented so I may document some of the knowledge I acquired during my trips in 1950s and 60s. I reserve all rights to this hierarchy of digital copies for the contributors of the images and for Dale C.Clarke as the designer. They are posted for the education and enjoyment of users of Click on an image for a larger image.

The images are mainly from the site Historic Fishingwhich claimed no Copyright when I collected them.

The following are images collected from the internet that show the different types of what I call Pole Boats.

These boats (actually ships) share common features such as racks on the port stern (left rear)

Most have a crows nest and a post supported roof over the two holds that are use as the main storage for live anchovies, netted and used for chum when schools are raised.

Crew bunks are located in the hatchways (doors) on the main deck and often have a small port hole (window) at the end of most bunks.

The pilot house is located at the highest point and is between 18 and 30 feet off the surface. I was in the tail of a hurricane when returning to Puerto Rick and we went under far enough to require dropping the glass to avoid breaking them when we went into a trough.

Through midships you can see a ladder which is just aft of the Galley. The portholes of the crew quarters are plain on the main deck. This boat has the two stern bait holds, the top of one clearly visable. Notice there are no racks for fishing on the starbord (this side).

This is the ship that is the closest model to my Ships. They were named the Western Ace, Western King, Western Queen, and Western Jack. They belonged to Captain Peterson. Crows nest under radar mast on a tower just forward of the stack was most common in the 50s and 60s..

This I believe is an older style.

This I believe is an older style.

This I believe is an older style. It has 7 racks like ours did. On the aft bulkhead (wall) is the slide trough for sliding the tuna to the forward storage holds from the stern. Some boats had pumps with water to ease the slide.

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