when albin (in Sweden) went bankrupt she was bought by an American. I understand that he designed trawler models and let them build in Taiwan.
I read on boatsafe.com "The regulations prescribe the format of the HIN. The first three characters are a MIC (Manufacturer Identification Code) assigned by the Coast Guard to the manufacturer or the person importing the boat;"
could it be that Brown's bought this ship and imported it himself to his own yard. once in US waters it must be registered.. and mister brown put his own MIC on her transom Or maybe he build this boat in order of Albin?