Originally Posted by Marmot
There is an interesting story behind the Kuulakai aside from it being one of the few remaining Miki tugs. Do you know what is happening with it now?
Now owned by CANADIAN BLACK COD FISHING CORP. the Kuulakai was once called the Lloyd B. Gore and towed logs here on the coast for years. She was built by NORTHEAST SHIPBUILDING CO. QUINCY, MASS.
Interesting bit of news from October 4, 1995 ...
This unusual case concerned whether a commercial fishing licence could be seized under the provisions of the Customs Act. The facts of the case were that the fishing vessel "Lloyd B. Gore" had been spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard returning from the South China Sea. The vessel was tracked and was ultimately seized with a cargo of marijuana. The vessel and her commercial fishing licence were subsequently declared forfeit. The vessel had a value of $85,000 and the licence had an estimated value of between $300,000 and $400,000. The Court of Appeal held, however, that the licence was not a "conveyance" under the Customs Act and was therefore not subject to forfeiture.
One of Kuulakai's sisters the Florence Filberg burned to the waterline on July 3 at Eliza Point, Vancouver Island. She had been beached there for quite some time after dragging her anchor in one of our 40-45 knot wind storms.
A couple of photos of the two in their glory days...