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BigMig 5th August 2018 20:32

Calgary Catalina
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Hello fellow mariners past. I have been trying to find information about MV Calgary Catalina, a seismic vessel aboard which I sailed in 1969. She was a refitted and repurposed seiner originally named FV Golden Scarab. The Scarab had sat at Purdy Brothers wharf in Halifax for roughly 2 years before it's makeover. I joined her in May, 1969 and left her to join Fundy Gypsum in September of that year, and have always been curious about what her fate might have been. I've included a photo of the Catalina dockside in Halifax taken from the Fisheries Research Board, where I worked prior to signing aboard as 'assistant navigator', aka 'jack-of-all-trades'. Hope this rings a bell...

Frank P 5th August 2018 21:40

Welcome onboard bigmig, enjoy the site.
She looks like she was an ex Tuna fishing boat?

Cheers Frank

BigMig 7th August 2018 20:34

Right you are, Frank P. I checked the registry of Canadian built fishing vessels, and found that she was built at the Davies shipyard in Lauzon, Quebec. A further search identified that she was contracted by StarKist to fish tuna off the west coast of Africa. I vaguely remember her being towed into Halifax under questionable circumstances, and sitting alongside at Purdy Brothers for arguably a couple years. I haven't discovered where she was repurposed for seismic capability (yet). Anyway, we did most of our work off the eastern seaboard of both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and in the river as far west as Lac St. Jean.

Bamse 10th August 2018 08:35

IMO No: 6501109
Year: 1964
[1969 cv to research vessel, 975gt] - 69 CALGARY CATALINA - 71 J.E.JONSSON
BU Bo'ness 7.2.85 [Bo'ness Scrap]

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