Double-Ended Monterey in Bodega Bay

Wednesday morning, these are beautiful little boats. I’m not sure if it’s called a schooner, but it’s a classic fishing boat for this part of the Pacific Coast.

(My friend Godfrey gives me shit if I don’t get all of the mast(s) in any boat pic.)

Here’s a great State of California report on Fisheries dated 1954, with vintage pics:

And you water people, here’s a fascinating photo-essay of a tanker getting bashed by a horrendous hurricane in the North Pacific in 1977, but staying afloat:

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4 Responses to Double-Ended Monterey in Bodega Bay

  1. Not a schooner..a schooner has two masts (those are not masts they are outriggers for trolling salmon and sometimes tuna)and the main mast (the 'bigger" one) us aft of the mizzen which I think on a schooner is the foremast (the "smaller"one) as opposed to a ketch which is opposite. Or a yawl…and then of course there is a bark..

    but I digress. These gorgeous little trollers are usualy just called "Montereys" or sometimes a Monterey Clipper because of the clipper bow. If you just say "yeah there was a Monterey out there on the downhill tack" then other guys know the boat you mean.

    They are double ended (canoe stern) because when trolling in a following sea they have a nice ride and dont splash so much on the guy working the troll pit.

    They are a classic part of California Maritime history and true works of art.

    Back in the 30's these boats dominated the SF Bay and Monterey Salmon fleet. You can buy one now with a permit for about 8K. Usually made of Port Orford Cedar which of course is very hard to get now….

  2. If I am not mistaken, that is a troller, and they are not masts, but outrigger poles to hold lines as the boat trolls for salmon.

  3. I believe I fished (mate) on a similar boat in the 60’s named Suzie. Cpt Jack Banker
    just me and him fished for albacore about 600 mile out. brought the catch into terminal island canaries and he docked in the off season in San diego
    it was about 55 feet long, house a good sized cat engine and small separate engine for the freezer.
    we stayed out about two weeks.
    I loved that boat. had the same lines as this but the stern seemed more sauared off. beam about 12 feet, as i remember.
    held 15 tons of fish. I never filled it. but we could put a couple of tons within a couple of hours in a school.
    We had a loran on board. I was always embrassaed to talk on the radio to mom and dad and everyone out in the school would hear me.
    Just reminesing.

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