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Diamantina III

The fishing boat Diamantina III, belonging to Ralph's Tasmanian Seafoods, alongside in Prince of Wales Bay, near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, on Wednesday, 22 December 2010.

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Diamantina II, built originally for exploratory fishing the deep-sea crab fishery in Western Australia by Lance Hand from Geraldton W.A. Plenty of volume in this hull with good RSW tank space, note the freeboard below the deck draining ports. This boat established the very productive Snow Crab grounds west of Carnarvon-Shark Bay near where the HMAS Sydney-Kormoran action took place.
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Hi Bouvard
Thank you very much for the information about Diamantina II. The Sydney-Kormoran battle is of special interest to me, so thanks for letting me know that this vessel worked in the area where this battle took place. Much appreciated.
Cheers, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Bouvard,

Very interesting post and you saved me asking the question, your not kidding about that freeboard, she must be huge below deck. You dont know what happened to the ex Japanese fishing boat that was converted in Freo a few years ago, called Young Blood, I think she was going broadbill and big eye fishing, but I dont think she ever went fishing. A lot of money was spent doing the conversion. Have a look at this photo link, maybe you remember her.
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/44482/title/long-liner/cat/all


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Youngblood is still lying in FTL fishing boat harbour, she was alongside the outer Capo D'orlando rd. landbacked about 2-3 weeks ago. Brought to FTL from Japan and converted by Andrew Young, I think she did a few trips and was sold, a few more trips for the new owner and was laid up where your photo was taken for about 5 years along with another ex Japanese vessel "Bilyara". Good boats the Japanese but it is hard to find Aust. engineers to run them, especialy for fishing. Not sure about the condition of her machinery now, unless proper shutdown and storage proceedure is observed its not too good. Fiberglass hull still looks OK, maybe a conversion to private motor yacht one day.
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Bouvard,

Thanks for the info, interesting reading, she is still in the same berth, yes she could well be a conversion, one day ?????

Jim.
 

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