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California Bear (FS-123)

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Freight-Supply Vessel
  • Laid down in 1940 as the wooden-hulled fishing vessel FV California Bear (I) by Martinolich Shipbuilding Corp.,Tacoma WA.
  • Launched in 1940
  • Placed in service in 1940, owner unknown
  • Acquired by the US Army Quartermaster Corps, date unknown
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps as California Bear (FS-123), name retained
  • Retired from US Army service, date unknown
  • Sold, date unknown,renamed Ocean Cape (II)
  • Sold, circa 1957, renamed Norprince
  • Sold in 1958 to North Shore Packing Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, BC, reflagged Canada
  • In 1961-1967 she was owned by J.H. Todd & Sons Ltd., Vancouver BC.
  • Circa 1967, renamed Mary Todd
  • In 1970-1981 she was owned by British Columbia Packers Ltd., Richmond BC.
  • In 1982-1984 she was owned by Richard B. Michelson (MO), Sointula BC.
  • In 1984-1991 she was owned by Andrew Clarke, Surrey BC.
  • In 1992 she was owned by Percy Clarke, Vancouver BC.
  • In 1993-2003 she was owned by Terry A. Salo, Victoria BC.
  • Circa 2004, renamed Canadian Spirit (II)
  • Circa 2011, renamed Ocean Cape
  • In 2012 she was owned by Mary Kay Fisheries, LLC Bellevue, WA USA., renamed Mary Kay (II), reflagged USA
  • Final Disposition, sank, 26 July 2012, at Dixon Entrance, Alaska (54°38.015′ N, 132°04.334′ W), Near Cape Chacon, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
    Displacement 117 gross tons
    Length 79'
    Beam 22'
    Draft 10'
    Speed unknown
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    single 220bhp diesel engine
    single screw

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    California Bear (FS-123)
    California Bear
    Califorina Bear The California grizzly bear is an extinct population or subspecies of the brown bear, generally known as the grizzly bear. The grizzly became a symbol of the Bear Flag Republic, a short-lived attempt by a group of U.S. settlers to break away from Mexico in 1846. Later, this rebel flag became the basis for the state flag of California, and then California was known as the "Bear State". (Wikipedia)
    Photos - California Bear (Ursus arctos californicus) Santa Barbara, Natural History Museum, 24 NOvember 2019, Phto by Vahe Martirosyan (FLICKR10) and California Bear State logo
    Tommy Trampp
    Commercial Service
    California Bear
    213k FV Mary Kay (II) underway, date and location unknown.
    The Nauticapedia, Drew Clarke collection
    Tommy Trampp
    California Bear
    240k FV Mary Kay (II) on the ways at West Bay Shipyard, Vancouver, B.C. The main cabin from FV Sun Fisher was purchased to re-configure the upper deck of Mary Kay (II) adding a new larger wheelhouse.
    The Nauticapedia, Drew Clarke collection
    Tommy Trampp
    California Bear
    California Bear
    California Bear
    California Bear
    35k FV Mary Kay (II) moored at West Bay Shipyard, Vancouver, B.C., date unknown.
    The Nauticapedia, Drew Clarke collection
    Tommy Trampp
    California Bear
    58k FV Mary Kay (II) on the hard at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co Op, Port Townsend, WA., May-June 2012.
    The Nauticapedia
    John Spivey

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    National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Brief Sinking of Fishing Vessel Mary Kay
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