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Fishing Vessels Owned by the Hillier Family
by Brent Sohier 2017
A bracelet that belonged to my grandfather who was a nephew of George Hillier when he served in the Manhattan No. 2 (Photo from the Brent Sohier collection. )
In 1941 she was built at Tofino BC. 54.6’ x 17.0’ x 7.2’ wooden hull 53gt 42rt She was powered by a 120hp engine.
In 1941–1982 she was owned by George B.E. Hillier, Ucluelet BC. In 1949–1966 she was owned by Randolph Thompson (MO), Gabriola Island BC. In 1967 she was owned by Gary Bennett, Nanaimo BC. In 1970–1978 she was owned by Gary W. Bennett (MO), Wellington BC. In 1979–1980 she was owned by Pierre Cote (MO), North Vancouver BC.
Owner George Hillier on the Manhattan No. 1 in Ucluelet harbour with Port Albion in the background. (Photo from the Brent Sohier collection. )
In 1925 she was built at Vancouver BC by Martin Dyke. 37.3’ x 11.7’ x 5.7’ (12.1m x 3.6m x 1.4m) wooden hull 16gt 11rt She was powered 60hp engine (1949c); re–powered by a 72hp engine (1957c); re–powered by a 103hp diesel engine (1961c); re–powered by a 72hp engine.
In 1925 she was owned by Martin Dyke & Fred S. Roberts, Vancouver BC. In 1926–1931 she was owned by The Packers Steamship Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1932–1942 she was owned by George B.E. Hillier, Ucluelet BC. In 1949–1974 she was owned by Kristoffer B.E. Moan, Vancouver BC. In 1975–1989 she was owned by Archibald W. Frank, Ahousat BC. In 1990–2013 she was owned by Paul M. Frank, Ahousat BC. On January 7th, 2013 her registry closed.
The Hillier Queen (Photo from the Brent Sohier collection. )
In 1948 she was built as the Hillier Queen at Tofino BC by Hilmar T. Wingen. She was renamed as the San Jolyne III aboout 1965. 44.7' x 14' x 5.9' (13.62m x 4.27m x 1.80m) wooden hull 29.08gt 18.45rt She was pwoered by a 135hp engine.
In 1949–1963 she was owned by George B. Hillier, Ucluelet BC. In 1964–1975 she was owned by John R. Harestad, Bella Coola BC. In 1976–1985 she was owned by Glen I. Gadsden, Ladysmith BC. In 1986–1993 she was owned by Carl S. Nelson, Chilanko BC. In 1995–2001 she was owned by James R. Muckle, Comox BC. In 2003–2004 she was owned by Daniel B. Fretts, Gillies Bay BC. In 2012–2017 she was owned by John A. Hegyi, Madeira Park BC.
The Hillier Queen portrayed with a flying bridge that was not original. (Photo from an unknown source. )
Author’s Note: Vessel histories are from The Nauticapedia Vessel Database.
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Sohier, Brent (2017) Fishing Vessels Owned by the Hillier Family. Nauticapedia.ca 2017. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Manhattan_II.php
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