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Shrimp Unloadings Jump Sharply At Beech as Jew Boats Arrive Trawlero Return From Poor Fishing In East Coast Beds By J. B. KAVANAUcill Shrimp unloadings lit Fort My-en My-en My-en Beach dock increased sharply last week as 21 trawlen pulled in with 47,603 pound. ThU con-traated con-traated con-traated with a record low of 16,812 poundi two weeks ago, ' The arrival of two new fleets and the return of ome boats from the East Coast accounted for the Increase. Nearly all of the Fer-gerson Fer-gerson Fer-gerson fleet arrived as did the Sarah J, the first of a four-boat four-boat four-boat fleet operated by the Belhaven Fish and Oyster Company of Bel-hsven, Bel-hsven, Bel-hsven, N.C. The Sarah J, which docked with 4,125 pounds, ts a "Beam" trawler, larger than is usually seen in these parts. She is 84 feet long: by 19 foot beam by 9 feet draft. She carries carries her rig forward of the deck house and is powered with a 200 horsepower Superior diesel. Her skipper is Capt. Harry Merrill and her crew is composed of Rodney Merrill, Zonnie Merrill, Frank Merrill and John Keech, Her sister ships, which will soon be arriving:, are the Bud A Doris, the Randlyn and the Ethyl Stow-man. Stow-man. Stow-man. The ships are owned by Clyde Potter and in the past the Sarah J has fished the Grand Banks off Gloucester, Mass. On the Tortugas beds the Sarah J drags a 85 foot full balloon net Her average take on her last trip was 412 pounds per night, which her skipper claims is rather low. The Potter fleet has been unloading its catches in the past at Cortez on Tampa bay. A large part of the Singleton fleet which left the Beach for Mayport about there weeks ago is now back on the Tortugas grounds and is expected in with catches this week. The Sportsman, the Markie Singleton and the Penny Singleton docked at Fort Myers early last week for ice and proceeded directly to Tortugas. H. C. Singleton will arrive at the Beach about the middle middle of this week. These trawlers returned from Mayport sooner thin originally planned because SEPTIC TANKS Stat approved. Installed to Col-lir. Col-lir. Col-lir. Charlotte and La. Bee Ridge Company Asdarson at Fowler. Ph. Hl-J Hl-J Hl-J Far Modcra Electronic WHEEL BALANCING See J. W. GOODE CO. 1111 Cleveland Phone 1059 CM DEAM'S, WELDING SERVICE PHONE 4fCiT 1236 the catches of shrimp off Mayport were less than expected. Two trawlurs of the Vickers fleet returned to the Beach late last week from St. Marys, where they have been for the past two months. They were the Sua Robin and the Camaroon. These boats were among the first on the Tortugas beds after their discovery early in the year. Chip Vickers was at the Beach Wednesday when his boats arrived to be iced and returned to St. Marys Thursday. Local boys make up the crew of the trawler Sea Robin. Jim Poul-ton Poul-ton Poul-ton is now captain. Dick Young and Bob Canady make up the crew. Aubrey E. Messina, who is partner partner with Frank Hanneberger and Frank Fant in the St. George Packing Company plant on San Carlos Island is now here permanently permanently and is living in Fort Myers. A. Kinney Griffith, for several years a resident of Fort Myers, has been appointed manager of the McDowell Fish Company plant. Ralph Mulford's Commodore Perry, which with the trawler Bertha is the only boat owned by Lee County residents, has a new skipper, lie is Capt. Floyd Lee, who formerly captained the trawler trawler Bernice, owned by George G. Dodge. The Commodore has been tied up at the King Harbor dock for some time due to lack of crew. She put out late last week under her new skipper. The Bernice's new captain is George Lanier of Punta Gorda who was a crew member before Captain Lee left his post as skipper to take over the Commodore Ferry. Captain Captain Lee says that he plans to buy a home on the Beach. Mrs. Lee and daughter Janet have been living here for some time. It is reported that the Parnell trawlers, Wally Parnell and she Parnell, passed Key West on theTf way to the Tortugas beds from Mayport. They are expected to use the Beach as their unloading port as in the past. Captain Clem Bowen of the Miss Columbia on his arrival last week said that there are many more trawlers working the beds than during the past few weeks. The greatest activity at Beach facilities was at the St. George Packing Company dock where 11 of the 21 arriving docked. The Nan Jack unloaded 1,760 pounds, Sheila 2,070, Cathie 2,985, Libby Anne 3,250, Mary Lee 2nd 3,050, Jeanne M 2,960, Bernard Stanton Stanton 2,375, and the Helen A S85 pounds. These boats are all members members of the Fergerson fleet. The Captain Kidd briught in 2,200 ponds, Dixie Girl 1,965 and the Blackbeard 1,830. At the McDowell Fish Company dock the Miss Queeaie brought in 1,685 pounds and Fairweather 2,450 pounds. Capt Leon "Bubba" Canova docked 2,160 pounds at the Dixie Fish Company and Miss Pat unloaded 1,390 pound. Tha Columbia Columbia Fish Company unleaded Miss Columbia with 2,400, Big Chief with 2,425 and Noah's Ark with 2,228 pounds. The Little Mary docked 1,200 pounds and the Fred F. Sanders 2,210 at the new George G. Dodge facilities.