Jeanette Diana, Jeanette

Joe Finette owner. The Jeanette Diana was a high liner one of the top boats in the fleet ,for years .Unfortunalty the boat sank unexpectly in the western pacific , thank the good lord everybody was rescued . Jeanette is now Joes boat, it is the old Elizabeth CJ .My late cousin simply put it this way about Mr. Finette , he is the “nicest man you will ever meet”

Enough said…

Constitution…

The Constitution (later known as the Mariner) was another great boat of its time. At the helm was a great skipper and man, Joe Daluz. Joe was a top skipper for many years and had a great passion for it. Not many men could say they caught more fish than Joe. The Constitution was where his heart was, and I’m proud to call him my friend.

Gina Anne

Back in the good old days, Gina Anne, was tied up at the embarcadero. In it’s day, the Gina Anne was probably the fastest boat in the fleet due to twin engines. Later, it was named the Yolanda Z.

Merry Christmas…

Merry Christmas, To all in the Tuna Fleet around the world. I apologize for the delay in my post.

I have been going thru some personal hardship due to a death in my family; I will be back posting after the New Year …

Campbells Shipyard…

The San Diego tuna fleet had so many things to it such as Canaries and shipyards. But when I think about the shipyards you had to think about Campbell’s. The shipyard and the Seiners Classic design with the stern engine. The shipyard put out so many boats, and  changed its design a few times from the early ones like the Elizabeth CJ, to the most recognizable Uncle Louie style, and finally to the more modern Margaret Z. One thing for sure they were recognizable and they were a huge part of San Diego. I never did get to a launching, but I added some photos; looks like it would have been a blast.
Elizabeth C.J later named Maria C.J



Uncle Louie



Margaret Z
Hornet III

The Tuna Industries impact on San Diego

When the tuna boat fleet left San Diego, not only did the boats leave but so did thousands of jobs. Like Campbell’s shipyard, the Tuna canneries, to the hundreds of little shops that worked on tuna boat related items. Such as fuel docks, supply stores, food, and even the little deli that use to supply the lunches for the crews. I personally remember driving down Shelter Island and taking my dads navigation sextant to the shop; Baker marine to get it serviced (yeah they didn’t always have computers, navigators really used to work) and right across the street was Mauricio and sons where the boats would bring there skiffs to get fixed. There were businesses like that all over San Diego. But back to the canaries, you had Van Camps and Bumble Bee , Westgate, starkest where each place employed around 3,000 people.
I could only guess at how many jobs Campbell’s and San Diego Marine shipyards employed due to the tuna boats. It’s safe to say San Diego lost thousands of jobs when the Tuna industry left San Diego. There were estimations of around 30,000 to 40,000 jobs. You didn’t need to be Portuguese or Italian to work in the industry, simply put if you were in San Diego in the 70’s or early 80’s somebody you knew worked in the industry. It is just a shame it’s gone. Below are photos of what our waterfront use to look like…











Cabrillo/ Top Wave



Mermaid



Gann Discoverer/ Jeannine

Ed Gann

Simply put you can’t talk about the San Diego Tuna Fleet without the name of Ed Gann. He was a monster, his boats were always beautiful, and some of the most modern. He owned somewhere around 52 boats in his lifetime. Although I did not personally know him but I am lucky to say I knew his niece and if he was anything like her he must have been a great guy. We lost Mr. Gann this year as we have lost a number of icons in the fleet. He will always be known as one of the greatest in the tuna fleet worldwide…
Capt Vincent Gann
Bold Adventures (1st one)
Bold Fleet
Bold Adventures

Good Times!

As I’m going through some tough times in my personal life I sit back and think when that happens you always end up thinking about the past and reminisce. And when I think about how things were with the fleet in San Diego these are just a few of the pictures that I have that shows how many boats there were. They were the good times, too bad we just didn’t know it…



Fishing is Dangerous!!!

I guess the most important thing to remember about fishing is how dangerous it is; and how unforgiving the ocean can be. After all you are fishing hundreds of miles from the nearest land at times. Help just cannot get to you that easy. That is why fisherman always counted on each other to help for parts or any other assistance they could offer. Because of this, many wonderful men have lost there lives at sea. May God bless each and every one of them and there families.

You see the most important thing when the boats came home was that our Dads were safe. God bless our Fisherman…

photo taken by Eddie Costa

Manuel Silva, Boats

Manuel Silva, had some wonderful boats 4 to be exact he was one of the last to sell his boats. Personal favorite was the Proud Heritage and the Sea Quest. He later added the Tradition and the Legacy all beautiful. A great owner with great family .Unfortunately and ironically two of his boats the Sea Quest later named the Betty C and the Tradition which turned into the Cape Elizabeth both sunk due to fires at sea, that was after Manuel had sold the boats…