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Thursday, October 1, 2009

10.1 - SkyWatch Friday - "Cong Thanh"

"Cong Thanh" heads into Oriental harbor
Today's SWF photo shows the commercial fishing vessel "Cong Thanh" in the channel into Oriental harbor, under an evening sun shining through a mackerel sky.

"Cong Thanh" is a 63.5 foot, 97 ton commercial fisher built by A W Covacevich Shipyard in 1971. The vessel began life as "Capt. Jim," and has been named "Ando One" and "Jessica J." before its current moniker.
The Covacevish shipyard, located in Biloxi, Mississippi, was started in 1896 by "Jacky Jack" Covacevich, a Croatian immigrant.

Covacevich yard had a storied history of building commercial vessels (fishing, cargo, ferries, etc.), and introduced gasoline auxiliary-powered schooners to the Gulf region in 1909... The schooners would dredge for oysters under sail, but could power up the gas engine to go into the wind.

Though commercial vessels were his bread and butter, apparently Jacky Jack found time to build some smaller boats, like the cool 1933 17 foot catboat at right (much more my style!) and the 1911 30 foot power racing boat below.

The Covacevich yard ceased building boats in 1982, but continued in the repair business until it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Currently, the shipyard property is slated for 28-story, 286 unit condominium development...

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luna miranda said...

your sky photo is stunning! the lighting is absolutely fantastic.

magiceye said...

brilliant capture!

Eaglesbrother said...

Very nice Sky shot..love the sun filtering through the clouds.

aka Eaglesbrother

Powell River Books said...

A beautiful boat and sky. We get quite a few mackerel skies up here in Coastal BC. I just took a flying trip to Los Angeles. I invite you to come see some of my sky shots. - Margy