I was down at Fremantle this morning and happened to see an old Drago Sambralio wooden Sardine Fishing boat offloading.
It was like going back in time. The gear and the boat looked as old as the Italian Fisherman and the unloading process looked like it was just second nature to them. A lady walking her dog stopped by for what appeared to be a regular event.
It looked to me like they had done pretty well with the mornings catch and I couldn’t help but ping off a shot.
For those interested, Drago and Marko Sambralio were the last wooden boat builders in Fremantle and their slipways used to be where the Kailis and Cicerello’s fish and chips shops are now. Their boats are still legendary for their sea keeping ability and now that Marko has passed on and Drago has retired the wooden boat building trade has gone by the wayside for good. I used to call on Marco and Drago back in the late 70’s as a diesel engine salesman for Cummins Diesel!
Time moves on for sure, but it is good to take a step back now and then and see how things used to be, especially when they are locked in a ‘ground hog day’ situation like these guys!