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The trawler “Alfred Booth” tied up at the wharf in Fortune, Newfoundland, in the summer of 1966. A veteran of endless trips to the Grand Banks and other fishing grounds, she (it’s a boat, bye) shows the battering of the Atlantic. Even the name is barely readable on her bows. I spent a few years servicing all the electronics on two fleets of trawlers like this one. The town of Fortune dates back to the the late 1600’s and early 1700’s, when it was visited by Spaniards, Italians, Captain James Cook and eventually settled by fishermen from England and Ireland. It’s been a fishing port ever since and also the connecting port for the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Taken with a 35mm. Exakta Varex SLR, F2.0 Biotar lens, using high-speed Kodachrome film. Scanned with a Canoscan 4000US.


  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful photo. That ship really saw a lot of life.

  • Thanks Estes, and you’re right. She started life fishing out of England and then was bought by a Canadian company and fished quite a few years on this side of the Atlantic. I looked after all the electronics on three fleets of these trawlers after I left the big radars. It was quite a change!

    – George Cousins

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