by Brian Robbins
FAIRHAVEN, MA – It’s a few minutes before 8 am and things are quiet on Union Wharf in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Oh, there are sounds in the air – someone grinding a weld; a maul pounding on something substantial; a forklift being jockeyed around; a big diesel rumbling as a scalloper backs down and the crew scrambles to get the dock lines on – but those are ambient sounds, common and expected.
That relative peace is broken when I walk into the office of Athearn Marine Agency. There’s nothing loud or frantic going on … but things are happening.
It’s a small crew. This morning office manager Anna Cardoza is fielding phone calls, while Bill Daniels, Nelson Long, John Moran, and Bill Rocha are busy with deals: a big steel dragger with a federal permit; a small Novi with a gang of lobster gear and an inshore permit; a fast tuna chaser. Some classics are being talked about: a 36’ Stanley, a 37’ REPCO, a 42’ Bruno, and a 65’ DMR.
Plus, Trevor Decker is down from the Tri-Nav offices in Canada – Tri-Nav has owned Athearn since 2004 – and is wrapping up a few things before flying back to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
It’s a busy scene, but it’s a well-oiled hum: just another morning at Athearn Marine Agency.
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