Boat Nearly Ready
Capt. Merrill Sollows, formerly owner of the Ringleader, should be able to leavy by March 14 or soon thereafter for the fishing grounds with his new 50-foot halibut boat construction of which is being rapidly brought to a finish by the McLean Yard at Prince Rupert. The 30 h.p. Atlas-Imperial engine, formerly in the Ternen, has just been installed. A number of fittings, including gurdy, have yet to be made. Capt. Sollows has selected the name Relief for his new boat.(Waterfront Whiffs, Prince Rupert Daily News, February 23, 1929.)
Captain Merrill Sollows should be back in port within the next few days, following the maiden trip to the fishing grounds with his new 50-foot halibut boat Relief. The vessel left for the banks on Thursday of last week.
(Waterfront Whiffs, Prince Rupert Daily News, April 6, 1929.)
Capt. Sollows delivered 8,500 pounds of halibut on the Relief’s maiden voyage, and the vessel was said to have functioned splendidly. Sollows continued to fish successfuly with the Relief. For example, in 1934 he made 11 trips and was third highest Canadian boat, delivering 181,500 pounds of halibut. (Western Fisheries, October 1934:19)
About 1940, Sollows moved to Vancouver, but he still fished halibut out of Prince Rupert.He died in 1976 at the age of 88.
More than 75 years later, the Relief was saved from the boneyard by Sandbar Restaurant on Granville Island, Vancouver. They mounted the vessel in front of a concrete footing of the Granville Street Bridge to improve the view for diners.