Viva Richard Ennis. Richard was one of the pioneers of the South Pacific albacore troll fishery. In December 1990, Viva rolled over 980 miles southwest of San Diego on her way to South Pacific tuna grounds.

The deckhand, Terry Groat of Crescent City, got off but Richard was trapped and went down with the boat.

This photo is on the tuna grounds off Oregon ~1978.

3/16/2011 Barbara Stckel writes: “… the deckhand that was with Richard Ennis when theVivarolled was named “Terry Groat” – he’s still fishing, two weeks ago I would have said out of Crescent City, now I’m not sure!

Barbara Stickel, Morro Bay
F/V Regina, F/V Molle
Maritime Historian

The Catch: Stories of Local Fishermen – At the History Center of San Luis Obispo through April 2011.

Visit for more information and directions.

3/17/11 – Beth Pallai link to Ennis family history.

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