South Seas…

Here we have a couple of new photos sent in by Jeff Millennor of the South Seas and crew. This photo was taken around 1983 or 1984. This particular seiner ,The South Seas was built in 1981 by Martinac . Please share your photos with us and keep the memories of our fleet alive at sdtunaboats@cox.net

Embarcadero…

Lets go way back most likely late 60s, The Embarcadero is looking spectacular. I believe that this is the Commodore up front with an unknown Martinac in the stern. Things were just easier back in those days. Share your photos with us at sdtunaboats@cox.net

Tough day..

Today was a tough day for a lot of friends.  Here’s praying for a better day tomorrow. sdtunaboats@cox.net

Filling Needles …

This is a wonderful photo of the men of the Sea working on the net at the Embarcadero. I can remember being a little boy skipping school and going with my Father to the docks  filling needles with a box almost exactly like this one. I wonder how many Fisherman can remember this also. Share your photos or thoughts with us at sdtunaboats@cox.net

Tom Ruckle Sr.

It deeply saddens me to write this post. Tom Ruckle, legendary, and  long time Chief in the fleet has passed away. Tom was a Chief on a number of seiners, first working in the Eastern Pacific later in the Western Pacific (Samoa). But he will always be remembered for his time aboard the Antonina C. If you knew Tom you would know about the love of his life, Connie and 4 his boys, Tom, Bill, Mike and Ronnie. And I guess I can’t share my thoughts without talking about Connie. You see the women in the family were just as much of the fleet as the men were. So many men including Tom, found their way out to Sea for sometimes 10 to 11 months a year and the Ruckle family was no different with Connie running the family from home and Tom from the Sea. I personally went to bed last night sad about Tom’s passing , but when I woke up this morning I realized I was blessed to have gone from a little boy to young adult in the Ruckle house. So many memories I have of Tom and Connie , and I guess I think of a quote from a favorite movie growing up, ” Hero’s get remembered but legends never die ” Tom and Connie are together again…

Apollo…

I Just Received some pictures of The Apollo from Jeffery Dial with the Photos courtesy of  Harry Dial. Their Grandfather migrated from Sweden in 1890 and Founded Tacoma boat , he believes they sold it in the 30s. Great stuff Thank you Jeffery , please share your photos at sdtunaboats@cox.net

Top Wave pilot house….

Nice picture of the Top Wave pilot house, built in 1973 by Campbells shipyard. This seiner had some of the best  skippers in the fleet from time to time. sdtunaboats@cox.net

Top Wave …

Top wave rolling net aboard out to Sea . Im told photo was taken in 1983 with Skipper Augie Rodrigues and Navigator Greg Felante next to the controls.  Thank You to Bryan Swopes for the photo. Please share your memories with us at sdtunaboats@cox.net

Sea Wolf…

This photo of the Sea wolf in Puerto Rico was sent in by Mike Collette , Sea Wolf was originally launched the Frances Ann by San Diego Marine in 1971. sdtunaboats@cox.net

Jet Rangers…

Two Jet Ranger choppers belonging to the Top Wave and the Pan Pacific. This photo was taken at The Van Nuys Airport , thats where all maintenance was done on the choppers in between trips. Thanks again to Brian Swopes for doing the maintenance and for the photo . sdtunaboats@cox.net