Probable Cause

The Probable Cause — a 46½-foot, 38-ton scalloper — was built in 1973 in the yards of Capt. Elbert C. Gaskill in Harkers Island, N.C. (BoatInfoWorld.) She was once known as the Fisher, and worked off Georgia before coming north to fish off Rhode Island under the ownership of Sean Arsenal [?], who renamed her At Last. Capt. Tobin “Toby” Storer bought the vessel around 2006 and renamed her. After a fire, the diesel engine and the deck were rebuilt. Other than that, Captain Storer told me in 2011, Probable Cause is a “very well built” vessel. Born in 1951, Captain Storer lives in Wellfleet, where he maintains an aquaculture site. Though his family did not go to sea, he has been fishing since he was in his mid-20s. He formerly owned the Alison Marie. More recently, he bought the Ancora Praia from Capt. Fernando Lomba and is converting her into a mussel barge.


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