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Old Oct 10, 2007, 9:48 AM   #1
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This sorry sight was in Peel Harbour, Isle of Man, last Easter. It's the 'June Rose,' only recently retired, as you can see from the radar transmitter and reasonably fresh paint, in places...
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Old Oct 10, 2007, 10:03 AM   #2
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...and here, moored a little further along the quayside, is the new 'June Rose', presumably successor to the other one. I hope one of the many richtax exilesresident on the island rescues the old one as a pleasure vessel.

This one's a scallop dredger, and the harrow-like chains seen at the starboard side of the stern collect'queenies', queen scallops, an important Manx shellfish delicacy, said to have aphrodisiac properties. It's practically the only bit left of the Manx fishing industry. It's a sustainable fishery, and tightly regulated within the island's 3-mile limit. Manx kippers are still an important product from a thriving smokehouse in Peel, but the herring for that are landed from large Scottish vessels, the Manx fleet having died out long ago.
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Old Oct 10, 2007, 6:34 PM   #3
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Alan,

Your Manx fishing plight recalls a similar problem we have here in Hawaii. In Hilo on the Big Island the fishing boats no longer come back to sell their fish on the open fish auction. Not enough fish.

In Honolulu, the archived movies of the Japanese fishermen catching the tuna off old sampans using just lines andhooks, no bait, are priceless. The tuna were simply brought to a feeding frenzy using chum.They would bite even unbaited lines.

At times the movies were funny because a fisherman would occasionally hook a tuna larger than himself and would be bowled over by the fish. Tuna caught today are usually only afew pounds generally, nothing like the 200+ pound giants of previous years.

Ahh memories....

Aloha and thanks for sharing the shots of the "June Rose" hopefully she will deserve a better fate than accelerating decrepitude.


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Old Oct 11, 2007, 7:49 AM   #4
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Nice work Alan!!

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