Shrimp Tales

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Captain Edward

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

The Captain Edward was constructed in 1992 acknowledging Edward Garcia, Sr.'s long, challenging and rewarding history with the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico. At the age of 13 he went to work oystering in Matagorda Bay. Several years later he made his maiden shrimping voyage with a new boat captain. On the trip home they got lost, the captain beached the boat and the crew was forced to walk the remainder of the 30 mile journey home. That didn't deter Mr. Garcia, and he purchased his first shrimping vessel in 1952. He has since owned more than 25 boats, and is the patriarch of the Garcia fleet. Four of his six sons currently shrimp, which makes them the largest family owned fleet in the United States.

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Texas 1

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

In 1952 Edward Garcia, Sr. purchased his first shrimp boat, The Texas 18, and became the first Hispanic Gulf shrimp boat owner in Matagorda Bay. He had that vessel for only six short weeks before it was destroyed in an act of violence. Mr. Garcia gained from that experience that he could overcome any obstacle, and continued shrimping. The Texas 1 was built in 1998. This vessel is a shining example that the dream of one man can grow into the dreams of his sons. As seen throughout the years, Mr. Garcia committed himself to building not only a successful business, but a shrimping empire that is based on family values.

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Miss Winnie

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

Employers typically recognize years of service with plaques, silver bowls or watches. Edward Garcia, Sr. chose a different route when he sought to acknowledge the dedication of his long time book keeper, Winfred Thompson. He honored his dedicated employee by naming a $500,000 shrimping vessel after her!

Mrs. Thompson retired in 2010 after keeping the books and managing his finances for 35 years. The Miss Winnie was built in 1996 by the Rodriguez Boat Builders. Palacios, Texas is her home port.

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Grandma

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Location: Palacios, TX 

Edward and Antonia Garcia were married on September 1, 1951 and had 13 beautiful and healthy children. They currently have 42 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 more are on the way.

Antonia became a grandma for the first time in 1978. From that day on she has been the ideal grandmother. A trip to her home always includes something sweet in your belly and a blessing on your forehead. The Grandma was built in 1993 by Winston Williams. Her home port is Palacios, TX.

 

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St. Daniel Phillip

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

There is a story behind the name of every fishing vessel, and the St. Daniel Phillip is no exception. This boat was named after Kenneth Garcia's nephew, Daniel Phillip Pena III. Daniel was a beautiful, happy and caring little boy who lived in Palacios, Texas with his mom, dad and sisters. On December 30, 1996, at the age of 4, a tragic accident took his life. The St. Daniel Phillip was the third boat in Kenneth's modern fleet. It was built in 1997 and its home port is Palacios. Kenneth named the boat after Daniel to honor his life, the wonderful memories of him and as a tribute to the strength of his parents.

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Little Ken

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

In 1995 Kenneth Garcia entered a new era for his shrimping business. The Little Ken was his first freezer boat. The Rodriguez Boat Builders of Biloxi, Mississippi crafted this vessel. The Little Ken celebrates the love and devotion Mr. Garcia has for his 1st born, his son, Ken Ken. Kenneth Garcia cannot remember a time when he was not shrimping. Many of his childhood memories are of the water, the boats and the excitement. Kenneth started working at a young age helping his father with the boats after school and on the weekends. As a teenager his summers were busy with Gulf shrimping trips. Each trip lasted a few weeks. Before he knew it, he was a boat Captain and after his High School graduation he became a fulltime commercial fisherman. In the early 90s he went from boat Captain to boat owner.

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Master Ken

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

This vessel is the newest, most modern and powerful boat in Kenneth Garcias fleet. Built in 2002, the Master Ken symbolizes the strength and power of a young man taking on the world. This vessel is dedicated to Kenneth, Jr. his grown son and business partner.

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Victoria Rose

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

Dont let the name fool you, the Victoria Rose is a powerful fishing vessel. She was built in 2001 with serious upgrades. Palacios, Texas is her home port. Alfredo Zamora has been the boats Captain from day 1. Kenneth Garcia named the boat after his baby, his daughter, Victoria Rose.

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Josh & Jake

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

When most of your life has been centered near the smell of salt water and the rocking of a boat, it can be hard to imagine a life away from it all. Anthony Garcia started his relationship with the water at the tender age of five. He enjoyed tagging along with his eldest brother as he worked hard tending to the needs of his father's shrimp boats on shore. Anthony's job was to stay out of the way and not get into trouble. As he matured, his responsibilities grew and his teenage summers were spent shrimping in the Gulf. By his 24th birthday, he had already purchased his first boat, The Marshall. Although Anthony's current business responsibilities keep him on land, and it has been 20 years since his last Gulf trip, the open water still calls to him. Built in 1999, The Josh and Jake was named after two of Anthony's Godsons. Although these two boys were born and are being raised in the big city, the salt water is in their blood. Anthony acknowledged their love for the everything aquatic, by naming his shrimping vessel after the boys, thereby allowing Josh and Jake to always be near the water.

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Christian G

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX
Sometimes there is greatness in a name! Christian G is named for owner Edward Garcia's grandson Christian. As a small child Christian was very intelligent and quiet. Wise beyond his years. He made his family very proud when he entered West Point. He continues to excel with the drive and perseverance this is respected by his family and friends.

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Capt. Arnulfo

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX
As a tribute to his uncle, Kenneth Garcia proudly owns the Capt. Arnulfo trawler. Captain Arnulfo Villarreal was a WWII veteran and shrimp legend. When all the young Aparicio and Garcia boys came of age, it was Arnulfo who taught them how to shrimp.

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Miss Danielle

Purchased in 2013 by owner Kenneth Garcia. Then Miss Danielle is a beautiful and powerful trawler that is a shrimp hunting machine.

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

 

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Captain Anthony

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

Captain Anthony named after owner Anthony Garcia's eldest son. Anthony has always been respected by his siblings. Taking on the hard task of being the eldest sibling Anthony has sure lived up to his name. He has brought great pride to his family. Anthony has made a name for himself in the track and field sport javelin and is graduating college Spring 2017. 

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Miss Bernadette

Bernadette is the beautiful only daughter of owner David Aparicio. It is said the girls first true love is her Daddy, it is also said a man's undying love is for his daughter.
Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

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Marcos A

Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

 

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Miss Madeline

Madeline is the one of owner Ernie Aparicio three beautiful daughters. Her incredible singing voice brings her Daddy amazing joy and pride.
Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

 

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Little Ernie

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Location: Palacios TX

The Little Ernie is named after owner Ernie Aparicio's eldest child and only son. The love a father has for a son is unmatched. Little Ernie has made his family proud with his fantastic music skills and beautiful voice.

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Jacob A

Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

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Father Mike

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Location: Palacios TX
There is a very personal meaning behind the naming of the "Father Mike". Father Mike Buentello is boat owner Kenneth Garcia's first cousin. Growing up as a young boy in the small shrimping town of Palacios, Kenneth was very close to his cousins they were his buddies. Mike's athletic ability was admired by the younger Kenneth.

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Lady Toni

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood

Location: Palacios TX

In the shrimping world the ultimate tribute is to have a boat name after you. Lady Toni is a symbol of owner Kenneth Garcia's love for his mother. The great Lady Toni, through her love, encouragement and support, has raised 13 successful children, all of which adore her. She along with Edward began the families' shrimping legacy in 1952.

 

The Emmanuel

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood

Location: Palacios TX

At the request of his loyal captain, owner Kenneth Garcia christened his newly built boat the Emmanuel.

Meaning the "Lord is with us". Kenneth has all of his boats blessed before their first trip into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Miss Hilary

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX
The Miss Hilary is a strong and beautiful vessel just as her name sake. Hilary is the very beautiful and athletic granddaughter of owner Edward Garcia. As a young girl she would make her Papo giggle when she would out run all of her boy cousins.

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Ethan G

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Location: Palacios TX

Ethan is the teenage grandson of the owner Edward Garcia. As a little boy Ethan loved working at the bay with his Papo. With eyes as blue as the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico his Papo had no choice but to honor him with a boat bearing his name.

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Captain Christopher

Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

Captain Christopher is named after owner Anthony Garcia's middle son Christoper. Christopher, nicknamed Tito, has always been the life of the party. With his quick wit and great humor there is never a dull moment with Christopher. Now in college, Christopher has become a force to mess with. Leading his school's rugby team, his strength and leadership has made an important impact to those who have met him.

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Ike and Zack

The Ike and Zack is named for the two oldest nephews of owner Anthony and Kenneth Garcia. 
Unloading Dock: Quality Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

 

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Miss Adrianna

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Location: Palacios TX


Miss Adrianna was named after boat owner Tony Garcia's youngest and only daughter. Adrianna, nicknamed Adry, has been the center of her father's world since the day she was born. Growing up with two older brothers, Adry has always had to fend for herself, grooming her into the strong independent woman she has become today... with an unforgettable laugh. The Miss Adrianna, much like Adry herself, is a beautiful vessel which always brings in a bountiful harvest.

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Mrs. Mina

Unloading Dock: Rio Brazos

Location: Palacios TX

The love of a son caused owner Alfred Aparicio to dedicate his boat in memory of his mother Mina. She was the love of young Alfred's life. Her devotion to God, her children, and husband Homer was an example to all who knew her.

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Little Saint Vincent

Unloading Dock: Rio Brazos

Location: Palacios TX

Little Vincent Aparicio was the nephew of owner Alfred Aparicio. He passed away far too early, in his short sweet life he brought pure love and joy to his family. Little Saint Vincent is a tribute to the legacy of faith, hope, and love he left behind.

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Father Dan

 

Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX

Father Dan Morales is the first cousin to boat owners David and Ernie Aparicio. Growing up Dan was always the unifier and peacemaker between his siblings and cousins. When he became a priest it was no surprise to those who know and love him. The dedication to his faith is one of many things David and Ernie love and admire about him.



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Mother Teresa

Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios, TX
Trawler Mother Teresa is dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her ministry of working with the sick and poor of India has inspired owners David and Ernie Aparicio. Her faith and trust in God is a legacy that her name always brings to mind in the hearts of all shrimpers.

Miss Julia

Unloading Dock: Anchor Seafood
Location: Palacios TX

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