Monday, June 26, 2006

What Ship Is That?

is a useful book by Bob Basnight, albeit with an Atlantic bias. Here's what the author has to say about the NORTH PACIFIC CRAB BOAT:

"The North Pacific crab boat can be identified by the forward location of the house and mast, and the long boom for handling the crab pots. Of course, sighting a vessel on her way in or out with a deckload of wire pots makes for positive identification."

However, the book has a significant weakness. Can you spot the problem?

"Today's fisherman doesn't look like a character from Captains Courageous or the chap on the sardine can...Commercial fishing is listed as one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. There are few, if any, protective guards around deck. Everything is wet and slippery, steel cables and booms are clinging about, and the sudden lurch of the boat will tip him over the side in a moment..."

Uh, Bob, wake up. Today's fishing industry has girls in it. Tough women who run tough boats. Still, I like the line drawings in the book.

For those of you surprised that the blog has jumped into the water, I am writing a novel set partly in the world of commercial crab fishing up in Dutch Harbor, Alaska.



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