Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's in a Name? Milbanke Sound

This week I'm sharing a picture I took last April in the Steveston Harbour. This commercial fishing boat caught my eye. The Milbanke Sound is (or at least was) owned by the W.E.R. Fishing Company. She's named after an open sea portion of the Inside Passage north of Bella Bella.

The Milbanke Sound participates in the BC-Canadian Albacore Fishery and also has a license for Canadian Sablefish, a small sleek high fat content fish that is mostly exported to Japan and Hong Kong, but is acquiring a larger Canadian and US market.

According to the Transport Canada website, the Milbanke Sound was built in 1963 by the Benson Bros. Shipbuilding Company. She's 25.76 metres long with 181 gross tonnage. The heavy steel hull is pushed up to 10 knots by a single 500 hp diesel engine and propeller. The primary owner is Jim Pattison Enterprises (yes Paul, he seems to own a bit of everything in BC), and Mast Fishing Company Ltd. out of Port Coquitlam. So many have been converted to recreational fishing tour boats, it's good to see one still fulfilling it's original purpose. -- Margy


  1. Seems boat pics are popular today! As less and less fisherman are able to make a living on the water, more of these boats will be converted. Sad state of affairs.

  2. Paul - Are all the fish farms causing this? - Margy