Category Archives: Commercial Fishing

Fred Wahl’s Second Yukon River Tug

The shallow-draft push-tug Tenana is the second boat built by Fred Wahl for Ruby Marine, which was established by Matt Sweetsir and Amy Zacheis in 2006 in Nenana, Alaska to provide fuel and freight transportation service along the Yukon River. … Continue reading

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2016: Kodiak Seiner Heads South in Search of Anchovy

Huge Schools of Anchovy Found in Columbia Estuary (Copyright PMarsh) The 58′ combo-seiner FV Anthem was launched in 2012 at Hansen Boat Company in Everett,Wash., and is based in Kodiak, where it follows a predictable Alaskan schedule: purse-seining for salmon … Continue reading

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Salmon Tender Duke–Oldest Boat on the Columbia River

After 112 Years Afloat, the Duke Retires to Museum in Astoria The older a wooden boat gets, the more work it takes to keep it seaworthy. That’s a lesson that many boatmen learned the hard way. On the lower Columbia … Continue reading

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Fred Wahl: 25 Years in Reedsport and 40 Boats

This summer has seen a couple of notable milestones at Fred Wahl Marine Inc, the boat builder in Reedsport on the central Oregon Coast. Wahl began business here on the Umpqua River in July 1991, 25 years ago, and the … Continue reading

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Salmon Fishing on the Columbia–CRFPU, CRPA, Bumble Bee

Note: I compiled this history from many online sources. Salmon was a dietary staple of Northwest aboriginal people. Large, tasty, and available at predictable times and places, the fish were an ideal source of protein, easily caught with basic fishing … Continue reading

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2015 – Rebuilding of John Steinbeck’s FV Western Flyer

1937 Fishboat Made Immortal by Steinbeck–by P.Marsh The issue of derelict vessels in the Pacific NW is not going away, but one very special boat has been saved from an ignominious fate. It’s the California sardine boat that became an … Continue reading

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2014 – End of the Line for 1929 Seiner Avalon

Last of the Skansie-Built Gig Harbor Seiners        Copyright Peter Marsh The sinking of the 66’fishing vessel Avalon in the Hood Canal last September was reported by the Coast Guard in a brief news releases that erroneously described … Continue reading

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