The F/V Sea Valley was
built in 1968 at Ft.
Bragg, California by Paul W. Lackey for Mr. John Figueiredo . The boat was legendary by that name
under the hand of Figueiredo and her next owner Mr. Niess who purchased
her in 1985. She was a pioneer in long lining for black cod and
halibut. The F/V Western Skies fished around her for many
years. In 1989 she was sold to an individual who intended
to seine her in Alaska, and her name was changed to the St. Ruth. She
was left sinking at the docks at Bellingham, Washington, and sold by
the U.S. Marshals in 1998 to Craig Hatton of Hatton Marine.
Jeff had been
looking for another fishing vessel to purchase for several years.
He toured many, many vessels, even took a few out for sea trials, but none
were quite what he was looking for. When he went to Seattle and saw the
St. Ruth, he was smitten. There was something so familiar about her -
and she was just right! We purchased her from
Hatton Marine in March of 1999.
At that time, we
knew her name had been changed to the St. Ruth, but did not know her
original name. As she had been so mistreated under that name, we went
ahead, against superstition, and renamed her the F/V Evening
Star. Imagine our delight when the Coast Guard Documentation and
Title Abstract came through and we discovered she was indeed the famous
Today she plies
the seas from Oregon to Alaska in search of the finest seafood to send
to your table!