Thursday, March 14, 2013

What's In a Name? Western Ace and Cape Stephen

This week I'm taking you back to one of my favourite working harbours, Steveston BC. Just outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, two very active fishing boats were rafted up to each other to save limited dock space. One was the Western Ace and the other was the Cape Stephen.

In front of them are two net boats, also rafted up to save dock space.

The Western Ace was built by the Western Boat Builders Corporation of Tacoma, WA. She's a 170 foot tuna clipper built in 1950.  The Cape Stephen was built in 1973 by the Matsumoto Shipyard in North Vancouver in 1973 as a 63 gross ton fishing vessel. She's now owned by Pattison Enterprises (surprise, surprise).  I couldn't get a good angle to check on the length.  She's also a study looking fishing boat.

If you ever get a chance to visit Steveston, BC, head on down to the docks and see some of the best fishing vessels in the largest commercial fishing harbour in British Columbia. And while you're there, spend the night at the historic Steveston Hotel so you can enjoy some of the great shops and restaurants. -- Margy


  1. Those ships look like they can catch a lot of fish! I love fresh fish, it's hard to come by here at our cabin, except for rainbow trout, which is a favorite of mine. I'm not sure I'll ever get up to BC, but thanks for the intro to the harbor!

  2. Lise - I just love to visit working harbours. There is still a lot of commercial fishing on the BC coast. I haven't had fresh trout in a long time. Even though we fish in our lake, we mostly catch and release. - Margy


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