We are enormously pleased to link to this article by by Colin Levings, Scientist Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, about his days on board the Western Flyer when it was chartered by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in 1962-63.
The article is provided by the Canadian Nautical Research Society and their publication, Argonauta, Summer 2016 (copyright © CNRS/SCRN and all original copyright holders).
Please link to the article here:
“I can still hear the whirring of the Iron Mike as it made port and starboard corrections to our heading. The trip across the Gulf from Cape Spencer to Kodiak in Alaska (about 600 miles) was the first time I had been on a boat out of sight of land.”
We are pleased that more of our scientific colleagues are seeing the benefit that can come from documenting their career and their experiences. Scientists like Bob Hitz and Colin Levings had remarkable careers on the water, doing the basic research that is the foundation of our understanding of the oceans and the fish populations that live in it. The stories are entertaining, but they are also informative, as Colin’s story is, about his first trip to sea.
We could not have written All the Boats without the writing of Bob, his mentor, Dayton Lee Alverson, and Donald Gunderson, and Astoria pioneer trawler George Moskovita. Their stories brought rich detail to my narrative, and they helped me move from a local story to a more national, and ultimately global one. History is made up of many strands; narratives such as this one add a rich dimension to our understanding of how the science was constructed.
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If you’re interested in more about the Pacific Flyer, click here: Pacific Sardines and the Western Flyer.