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HELFRICH, Richard (b. 1953), captain of the Vaquero II from 1983-1992. Helfrich was captain of the Mr. Clean, an oil spill clean up vessel owned by Offshore Tanker Service of Santa Barbara in 1983 when he was asked if he would like some extra, part-time work running the Vaquero II for Vail & Vickers. What began as a part-time job became a full-time one for the next decade. Helfrich replaced Kenny Opple in 1983 as captain, and in turn he was replaced by Russ Collins in 1992.