Rhode Island Marine Services, Inc.

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    Not sure if you'd classify them as a Downeast boat but I was wondering if anybody on here knows what happened to them? Not sure if Gladden and Hearn bought them out? I have a 55ft RI Marine and am trying to get some info on the hull material plans etc etc.... Thanks for any help guys!
     
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    I have a friend that may know about your boat, he owns Coastal Welding in Wickford, he has built and worked on many of the commercial boats here for a long time. I will ask him. Do you have any background on the boat that I could give him?
     
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    I believe Rhode Island Marine was the yard south of the old Salt Pond Marine Railways in Snug Harbor RI. They built a bunch of steel lobster boats and a few draggers. Hedi Brenna, Diamond Girl, Lady Claire are just a few that were built there.
     
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    I think the head guy's last name at RIM was Beckman...I could be way off tho.
     
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    Built in 1972 in snug harbor, for a guy in Westport I can't remember his name I'll ask the guy I bought the boat from, he fished on it with the first owner for 20 years before he bought it 10 years ago. I'm the third owner boats been in Westport its whole life till now basically. Names Cee Dee, had it ultrasound'd and everything is good above and below the water line for a 40yo steel boats it's only had 8% wastage of the steel.
     
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    That sounds vaguely familiar, I know there's a bunch of them still around not concerned about her one bit. Just figured I'd try and get some background info on them. Wasn't sure if gladden had bought them out and changed em a bit or not?
     
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    Diamond Girl...that was a working SOB. I always had aspirations of working on it. Circa 1991. Worked two crews from what I heard and wasn't in port more than a day an a half. Ran out of Tiverton for a long while. Then a a few at the old Warehouser pier in Portsmouth till it burnt up (the pier). Is it still around?

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    Yeah the Diamond Girl lobsters and fishes red crabs out of New Bedford.
     
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    I bet that boat has made it's owners and crew a lot of money.
     
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    Gibby owned it b4 Atlantic Red Crab (John Williams) bought it, Gibby's a tough ole bastard can talk a dog off a meat wagon too! He spared no expenses when she was built, they were longlineing and lobstering back then. Good friend of mine but yes she's still going seen better days though needs some serious TLC.
     
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    That's awesome! Yeah he stepped back for awhile just Bull raking every day. Helped his nephew for a bit running the dock while he ran the Seine boat. Not sure what he's doing now been a few weeks since I talked to him. Prob should give him a call just to bust his balls lol.
     
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    Was the Two Dukes a RI?
     
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    My father had his boat built there. 5o' steel lobster boat with split pilot house in 1975. She
    was named the Carol Ann. We fished on Georges Bank in the 70's and 80's
     
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    isn't diamond girl a converted crabber ?
     
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    I just stumbled on this thread, ......... A blast from the past. I worked at RIMS in the early 80's.
    Helped build Northern Lights for Mike Montaforte (sp??) of Gallalee.

    Diamond Girl was finished about a year before I started, .. She was built for the Guimonds of Tiverton. She was built as an offshore lobster boat, not a converted crabber. (she came back to the yard when I was there for a leaking fuel tank.)

    Walter Beckman was the yard's owner. He had two sons Lloyd (the yard supervisor), and Glenn, .... hmmm, ....... an 'aspiring' lobsterman who had his 45' lobsterboat 'Bug Hunter' built there.
    I think Lloyd is still in the area, marketing small steam boats and steam engines, etc.

    This was the yard in '83

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    Boat was "First Light" I believe. Great pic....Mystic Whaler
     
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    AHHHHH, ........ yes, "First Light" I know I wasn't right as I was typing it. I have a couple of pictures of her somewhere.

    We put 11 cu yards of concrete in her fishhold. A bit too much actually and she sat a bit bow down. It actually worked out OK because Mike put that net reel on aft, then she sat pretty nicely.
    ..... Hmmm, ....... my 'first job' there was cleaning and spraying down the fuel tanks of First Light when she was being built.

    While I was there, there was a steel western rigged dragger that came in for a bottom leak in the lazarette. We hauled her and it was decided there was a section of plating that needed replacing in her bottom. The welders pulled their cutting torch down in there and cut around three sides of a square (starting and finishing at a 'weld line'). The section of plate just fell out with only three sides cut. ..... They missed a section of seam when the boat was built.
     
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