Category Archives: Japanese fishing

Our new cover!

We cannot say how pleased we are with the cover to the new book! We are simply thrilled and grateful to Christie Henry, our editor at the University of Chicago Press, and her team for coming up with this fantastic … Continue reading

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Japanese fishing for tuna in the Indian Ocean, 1956

One of the great things about doing research are the little aha! moments that come when you find something interesting–in this case, a clipping from a 1956 article in Pacific Fisherman, about the Japanese fishery for tuna in the Indian … 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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Built in Seattle for fishing in China in 1947

This is another in our continuing series of blog posts about American-built boats that went sent to foreign countries after World War II. We have looked at vessels built for the Soviets, sent to Germany, and a research vessel sent … Continue reading

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The labor problem with king crab

“We’re on our way to hell, mate!”[1] That’s the opening line of a gripping short story about life on a Japanese king crab canning boat in the 1930s. The story was written by Takiji Kobayashi (1903-1933), one of the most … Continue reading

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Overlooking king crab

  We must say we have really overlooked the importance of king crab in the development of fisheries in the North Pacific. The development of crab canning vessels, first by the Japanese, and then by Soviets, were significant developments in … Continue reading

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More American boats for post-war foreign fisheries

As we have noted, a number of fishing boats were either built or reconditioned shortly after World War II and shipped to various foreign countries.  In 1949, the U.S. Army bought 12 motor trawlers for the Germany fishing industry and … Continue reading

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“Made in America—Russia’s Great Floating Cannery”

We are intrigued at the number of post-war fishing boats that were built in the United States for delivery to foreign countries. According to the pages of Pacific Fisherman, one of the lend lease projects was a 360-foot crab canning … Continue reading

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The M/V Washington goes to Korea, December, 1949

Writing history is a lot like doing a massive jigsaw puzzle, only most of the pieces are missing. We sometimes wonder why we bother, but occasionally we’re able to fit a couple of pieces together and that is always very … Continue reading

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King crab in Alaska, 1929

We have been busy! Unfortunately not with blogging. We’ve been teaching, always a black hole in terms of time. And when we’re not thinking about teaching, we’re thinking about our book, which, we regret to say, is not quite like … Continue reading

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