Category Archives: Maritime History

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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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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WESTERN FLYER – 2015 Wooden Boat Festival

By Bob Hitz,   Blog 35          Sept. 20, 2015 On Friday September 11, the first day of the 2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, I was on one of the new Washington State Ferries crossing Admiralty Inlet from Whidbey Island to … Continue reading

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SETTING THE TRAWL – My First Cobb Trip

By Bob Hitz, Blog # 33  Aug. 11, 2015 Memories of my first trip fifty-five years ago have become vague, with the exception of a few occurrences which were etched in my mind and some of those I mentioned in … Continue reading

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Sea Magazine interviews Charles R. “Bob” Hitz

   

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MY FIRST TRIP ON THE COBB

By Bob Hitz, Blog # 32      June 3, 2015 I was hired as a permanent employee with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Exploratory Fishing and Gear Research Base (EFGRB) – and reported for work on July 5, 1960. … Continue reading

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The Moskovita Memoir–this fall from OSU Press!

Faithful readers will know how excited we are that Oregon State University Press will be republishing Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor, George Moskovita’s memoir about his five decades fishing on the West Coast. It is set for publication this … Continue reading

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Cleaning our desk

We are extremely pleased to say that the book has gone to our publisher at last. Alert readers will remember this is the project we started during our fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, almost three years ago. … Continue reading

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