Category Archives: History of Technology

O. E. Sette and the birth of fisheries oceanography

  We have just been having the best time, rooting around and finding out all kinds of interesting stuff! It all started with our old friend, Dr. Ellen Pikitch, won this year’s Oscar E. Sette award for Outstanding Marine Fishery … Continue reading

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Captain George Moskovita and the R/V John N. Cobb

The Moskovita family has been kind enough to forward a package of pictures, newspapers clippings, and a couple of reports to us. We will be forwarding the material, especially the pictures, to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. But … Continue reading

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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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Soviet Invasion of POP – 1966

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz                                                     Bobs Posting 40 June 29, 2016 Nineteen sixty six was a catalytic year in many ways with the appearance of the … 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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FIRST CATCH – My First COBB Trip

By Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Blog # 38                        Jan. 25, 2016 I had been waiting patiently for the skipper to give the command to retrieve the trawl after an hour of towing it along the bottom, hoping it would not … 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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