Category Archives: Maritime History

The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, The Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of Pacific Fisheries.

By Kevin M. Bailey. The University of Chicago Press, 2015. Reviewed by Donald Gunderson A rich blend of philosophy, ecology, history, and first-rate literature lies behind the unassuming title for The Western Flyer: Steinbeck’s Boat, The Sea of Cortez, and … Continue reading

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R/V COMMANDO – College of Fisheries – Off Shore

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting # 31                              April 4, 2015 When I was going through the Logs of the Commando I found an entry that I had written on May 3, 1960. It was for trip #6017 … Continue reading

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Nick Bez and his clear conscience

“The tuna business is largely concentrated in Southern California. That industry, which always shows surface indications of bursting apart violently from internecine squabble, is capable of uniting almost instantly to give the most ruthless competition, in either the production, processing, … 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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R/V COMMANDO – College of Fisheries – Puget Sound

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz       Bob’s Posting #30         Mar. 17, 2015 Recently I was contacted by Jason Lim, a University of Washington (U/W) graduate student who is doing research on his Master’s thesis. The objective of the research … Continue reading

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Captain George Moskovita Memoir to be republished by OSU Press

We are extremely pleased (thrilled, actually!) to announce that Oregon State University Press is going to republish Living off the Pacific Ocean Floor, the memoir by pioneer Astoria trawler, Captain George Moskovita. We are big fans of George, and grateful … Continue reading

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LBJ and FPC

One of the nice things about being a historian is that you get to gad around and go interesting places, like Austin, Texas, which happens to be the home of the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential library. The library, you will … Continue reading

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The Ballad of the Hake, by Herb Shippen

We are close to finishing our book, which means we have been thinking a lot of about the 1960s and the foreign boats showing up off the coast of Oregon and Washington, as Bob Hitz has told us about. More … Continue reading

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CAPTAIN TOM DUNATOV – A FRIEND

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting 27                    Jan. 30, 2015 Captain Tom Dunatov, one of the last NOAA civilian masters of the NOAA fleet, passed away on Friday December 5, 2014. He was a good friend and neighbor and … Continue reading

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HALIBUT DRAWING – 1976

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz    Bob’s Posting 26           Jan. 16, 2015   When I checked out Bernie Skud’s blog at <skudbe.net>, in the upper left hand corner I found my drawing of a Pacific halibut which brought back memories of a … Continue reading

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