“The Sun Never Sets on a DESCO Boat” was the motto of the world’s largest producer of fishing trawlers, DESCO of St. Augustine, Florida.
In the 1970s DESCO was St. Augustine’s number one employer and had prospective buyers eagerly waiting in line, cash in hand, to take delivery.
In the photo the 78 foot wooden Calypso along with another DESCO trawler had just completed their passage from St. Augustine to Tampa Bay traveling nearly 500 nautical miles; first down the east coast of Florida to Key West and then north up the Gulf of Mexico to Tampa. The passage took 72 hours, dock to dock. Navigational equipment was basic on these vessels and consisted of a compass and depth recorder…there was no autopilot so it was 100% hands on at the helm.
Pictured on the Calypso are Captain Lloyd Wainright and Jane Grimsrud. On the dock is the crew of the other vessel, Captain Dick Janson and Captain George Tappin.
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