*Kettenburg: Martha W*
Mike McCorkle reports that he found this 32 foot Kettenburg fishing boat at McAlpine Lake in San Juan Bautista.
The boat was originally named MARTHA W. It was owned by Larry Wright in Newport Beach. He moved up to Morro Bay in the early '60s. He built a larger cabin than the original. The next owner then built the cabin seen here. It was owned by the Davi Family and was kept in Moss Landing. The flying bridge was cut off to get it to McAlpine Lake.
There is a photo of this same boat to be found in the larger collection of fishing boat photos provided to us courtesy of Mike McCorkle. That photos show the boat in Moss Landing.
Mike also reports that when Larry White owned the boat he fished for white sea bass at Morro Bay. He used a net reel to wind up his nets. He liked to pull fast and got himself caught up in the net reel. He was found dead at sea.
Mike report that McAlpine Lake is a man made lake with fishing and camping. We share Mike's sentiments that at least the boat didn't get crunched up and will be around for a few more years.
Boats by Kettenburg - Ruth K* |
The Kettenburg fishing boat RUTH K was from San Diego. She was painted red-white-blue, and this color scheme made her stand out. Harry Brady sold her and she ended up fishing from Port Hueneme for awhile. She fished for rock cod.
While she was anchored in Cuyler harbor on San Miguel Island the anchor drug. She hit an underwater rock in the middle of the bay and sank. The two guys on her were taken on to another boat, but their cat climbed up the mast and wouldn't come down. There were pictures of this with just the mast sticking up.
A salvage barge from Santa Barbara went over and picked the boat up, put it on deck, and took it to the Lindwall Boat Shop. They stripped the boat... Cat motor, mast etc. They took the bare hull over east of Stearns Wharf and sank it in the kelp bed off of what is now the DoubleTree Hotel. Mike McCorkle, 12/06
Harry Brady on the Ruth K Kettenburg -38 About 1950
By: Mike McCorkle as of 1/07
Patience when originally build was named Riba. It was built for Frank Saldek. It had a Chrysler Crown Gas Engine. It had a long cabin with the back door on the starboard side. There were 2 round portholes on each side of the cabin, where the square ones are now.
Frank died in 1964. He tied up in fish harbor, terminal island, at the long pier by Pan Pacific Cannery. He also owned a 34 Ft. Monterey Boat named Crown, which he tied along side the Riba.
He [didn't go] fishing very often. Both boats were painted the same; White hull, tuna red decks, and inside bulworks and black guard rails. Frank had a big red nose like W.C. Fields, and was a big man. Riba disappeared from Fish Harbor after Frank's death.
I hadn't see it again until now. It was purchased by Oliver Roney Jr., and [he may have gone] to S.F. I'd say he made a yacht out of it, as I never saw it fishing. He gave it to the Boy Scouts in Orange Co. who sold it to Robert Finnegan in 1985. [Robert Finnigan] sold it in 1997 to Leon Selliez, who sold it to Chad Vosskuhler in 2002. Chad sold it to Catherine in 2006. I see a for sale sign on it now; Is it for sale?
View Photos of this Boat
Thanks to Marty of Marty’s Marine in
Avila we were able to get photos of this 32’ Kettenburg fishing boat hull before
she is cut up. Marty had hoped to restore this boat, but discovered that
the inappropriate installation of a fish holding tank by a previous owner had
caused so much rot to set in amidships and in the stern that the cost of
renovation would have been in excessive.
So, here she sits in his yard awaiting the landfill or ??? It is reported that a movie prop company plans to acquire the hull and convert it into an amusement ride backdrop.
Anyway, the story from Marty and Ed Sylvester is that these 32 ft “fishing boats” were sent to the So. Pacific during WW2, used as spy vessels until the Japanese caught on and sunk a bunch of them. We have not heard this story from the Kettenburg family, but will check it out.
The stern has some overhang/fantail and the signature Kettenburg “knuckle” curve to the aft corners.