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Wooden trawler, length=42 ft.

Owned and refurbished by Earl Wildon Ross

The LITTLE PUMPKIN was the first actual shrimp boat owned by Earl Wildon Ross of Biloxi and was a true labor of love.

Born in Biloxi to the Ross family with tremendous roots in the seafood industry, Earl would convert any boat he owned into a vessel for shrimping. This could include a small skiff, a cabin cruiser or just about anything. He would tirelessly pull the nets by hand and found joy in the hard work it required.

When the LITTLE PUMPKIN was purchased by Earl, she was in great need of repair. The 42-foot wooden trawler would spend her first months with Captain Ross in the boat yard where he brought her back to glory with endless amounts of caulk, paint and other materials. When completed, the LITTLE PUMPKIN was ready to begin her work providing for the family. She was present, in full flagged regalia, for the annual Blessing of the Fleet festivities.

Captain Earl was approached by someone wanting to start a new life in the US with their family as a shrimper. In 1981, the LITTLE PUMPKIN was sold and began her next adventure with her new family.


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