The Mt. Ream – Fishpacker and Yacht

by Mark Sumner 2016

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

In 1985 I was living on the Godfather, a fish packer, at West Bay Shipyards in New Westminster BC. I made friends with a really great couple that at that time owned the Mt. Ream. The couple were Ken and June Carlton.

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

They had lived on the boat for some time before I had met them and had done some amazing work to her. They had scraped the bilge with paint scrapers and removed all the whiskers of wood. All the pipes had been painted and colour coded and all systems had been made triple redundant. Ken would work at Annacis Island in the shipyard and then put most of the money back into the boat.

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

One of the most impressive things, to me, was replacing all the batteries in the engine room with NiCad batteries, along with the special charger. They had two cats living with them on board, Fidley and Portside. The boat was moved to the Fraser River just under the Alex Fraser bridge. It was around this time that I took the pictures in this essay. I lost touch with the Carltons in the early 1990s and heard that they had sold the vessel to move onto land as they were getting on in years.

Mt. Ream

That is Ken Carlton standing with the cover for the batteries open. (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

She was built in 1944 in Wilmington CA USA by the Wilmington Boat Works Inc. In 1944 she was owned by the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. and could be in the series TP–127TP–131. She was successively renamed as Senator (II) (1946); Rosario Straits (I) (1949); Fury Straits (1956c); Seaforth Fury (1975); Seanator (II) (1980); Mt. Ream (1983) and then Wild Horses (2005).)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

In 1946–1947 she was owned by Commodore Tug Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1953–1961 she was owned by Straits Towing Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1974 she was owned by Seaforth Towing Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1979 she was owned by Grant Adlington, Squamish BC. In 1980 she was owned by Arthur J. Smith (MO), Terrace BC. In 1982-1989 she was owned by K. & J. Logging Ltd., New Westminster BC. In 1990-2004 she was owned by June & Elizabeth Carlson, New Westminster BC. In 2005 she was owned by Jim & Cindy Corbin, Anchorage AK.

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)

Mt. Ream

Mt. Ream (Photo from the Mark Sumner collection.)



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