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New Boat a Show of Optimism for Future Fishery

Drovers of Upper Island Cove Bring Home Newly Built $2-Million Fishing Vessel There’s nothing that fills a fisherman with pride more than a good boat and knowing that the vessel under your feet provides a sense of security and the efficiency to carry out your work on the often dicy North Atlantic. It’s the kind of pride that lifelong fisherman Walter Drover of Upper Island Cove experienced recently when he took possession of the $2-million Arctic Falcon 1, his new 71-foot by 26-foot ...

Defying the Odds — Part II

Last month we introduced you to boat builder Val Cull from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast. A very interesting man who started from humble beginnings, Val was self-taught in the art of wooden boat building and later learned the skills of fibreglass construction. He was best known during most of his career for his repair and vessel maintenance skills and more recently made a name for himself as the builder of some of the largest privately owned fishing vessels ever built in ...

Defying the Odds

Valance (Val) Cull from Port Saunders, Newfoundland is a steady-as-she-goes kind of guy. His friends describe him as dependable, fair, hard-working and very smart, to name just a few descriptors. Born 60 years ago, Val lived his first 10 years in Great Brehat on the tip of the Northern Peninsula. When Val was 10, his family moved to nearby St. Anthony. Val is highly respected in the boatbuilding and repair industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. He got his start by building a small ...