Category Archives: Environmental History

John Nathan Cobb, the man, not the ship

We here at the blog have written a great deal about the R/V John N. Cobb, but it occurs to us that readers might be interested in the human being behind the boat. He was an interesting man, a self-taught … Continue reading

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Washington Trawl Fishing Log

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz Bob’s posting 39 May 13, 2016 I had the opportunity to visit Brad Pattie recently. I’d heard that he was ill with cancer so I called him, and during our discussion we touched on what he … Continue reading

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Moskovita book for sale at history conference

You have no idea how pleasant it is to see a book you have worked on for sale. Even better would be watching somebody buy the book, but that has only happened to me once, when we went to a … Continue reading

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A few notes on Milner Baily Schaefer (1912-1970) and the R/V Oregon

When you finish a book, there are always bits and pieces left on the floor, or on the desk, or in the cupboard, things that are interesting but you just can’t fit them in because they distract from the point … Continue reading

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Nick Bez, a portrait by Karsh of Ottawa

The Bez family very kindly let us go through the voluminous collection of materials they amassed about the career of Nick Bez, the millionaire fisherman turned airline executive. There were several copies of a striking photograph of Bez and there … Continue reading

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RETRIEVING THE TRAWL – My First Cobb Trip

By: Charles R. (Bob) Hitz       Blog # 37                                 Jan. 2, 2016 It’s been over fifty-five years since I first observed the setting and retrieval of a trawl on the Cobb, and I still remember the excitement when the skipper … Continue reading

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WESTERN FLYER – Converted to a Trawler

By Charles (Bob) Hitz, Nov. 11, 2015   Blog Post 36 After World War II the bottom fish market began to grow. Petrale sole made up a large percentage of the landings and the catch of rockfish, specifically Pacific Ocean perch … Continue reading

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The further, further adventures of the R/V Oregon

By Kirk Pellegrin, Oct. 27, 2015 My father, Gilmore “Butch” Pellegrin Jr., is a fisheries biologist with NOAA/NMFS at the Pascagoula, Mississippi lab and started work there July 1974.  I was born the following Nov. of ’74. As a small … Continue reading

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Astoria, 1947

There are many ways of looking at history. We can look at events, or at the people who were involved in the events, and we can look at how things came together in significant ways.  There is often another dimension … Continue reading

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The further adventures of the R/V Oregon

On one of the our research trips to the National Administration and Records Administration visits (NARA), we looked through the files of Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) during the American Occupation of Japan. This letter, from the Texas Game, Fish, … Continue reading

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