At the Blessing of the Fleet, Donna Marie flies signal flags spelling “p-a-t-r-i-c-i-a-m-a-r-i-e.” Capt. Chris King (center), the owner of this 60-foot steel vessel, is a son of Patricia Marie (Lynch) King and Capt. William “Billy” King (left), skipper of Patricia Marie, which sank while scalloping off Pollock Rip on 24 October 1976 with the loss of all seven men. Donna Marie was built as Mackenzie Page in 1969 at Daly’s Boat Yard in Jacksonville, Fla., and was a shrimper until the 1990s, when she came north. King purchased her in 2008 and upgraded her with a 400-horsepower Caterpillar 3408 engine. The routine is to go out for scallops from May to Labor Day; whiting and squid to mid-November; then cod, yellowtail, and ground fish through the new year. King’s stepbrother, Capt. Willis King, is the skipper. That’s Chris’s son, Jared, up in the rigging.
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