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Thread #35924   Message #493369
Posted By: Jack the Sailor
27-Jun-01 - 05:18 PM
Thread Name: Help: Mary Ellen Carter? What kind of boat?
Subject: RE: Help: Mary Ellen Carter? What kind of boat?

At the time I first heard the song, Late 1970's I guess, there were hundreds of such trawlers all under 65 feet in length due to Dept of Fisheries regulations. They'd cost between 1/2 to 3/4 million new, so I thought that 1/4 million salvage would not be unreasonable. I actually have no idea what the salvage value would be. I had heard of such vessels lost but usually in a gale and not salvageable. I guess I just superimposed the song over what I knew about the industry.


According to the song, she was a good ship with a bad captian. I think we keep trying to make her rise again because it is such fun!