Category Archives: Nick Bez

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 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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PACIFIC FISHING PROJECT – Conclusion

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s posting # 21       Sept. 1, 2014 All five Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) vessels in the Pacific Fishing Project are listed in the1948 volume of the Merchant Vessels of the United States (MVUS) (1) and … Continue reading

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R/V WASHINGTON – First Exploratory Cruise

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s posting # 20                           July 14, 2014 In Crowther’s 1949 article (Posting # 19) he states “For the vast area of the waters off the continental United States, there are at present only … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Second Trip – The Bering Sea, part 2 of 2

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Bob’s Posting 15B     May 24, 2014 Due to reports of ice in the Bering Sea they changed the rendezvous point to Pavlof Bay on the south side of the Alaskan Peninsula. This was an area … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Second Trip – Getting Ready, part 1 of 2

  Charles R. (Bob) Hitz         Bob’s Posting 15A     May 24, 2014 The 410 foot Factory ship Pacific Explorer sailed from Seattle on March 26, 1948 (1) and headed for the Bering Sea to fulfill the objective of the World … Continue reading

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The Pacific Explorer–and its Four Fishing Vessels.

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting 13           Nov. 25, 2013. In my posting of Oct. 5, 2013 (1), I described Nick Bez’ involvement with the World War II Pacific Fishing Project, forming the Pacific Exploration Company which had … Continue reading

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The Pacific Explorer returns to Astoria in 1947

This terrific picture of the Pacific Explorer unloading tuna from its trip to Costa Rica comes to us through the generosity of the Bez family of Seattle. It came back from its disastrous Costa Rico adventure with about 2,200 tons … Continue reading

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The Conversation in the Row Boat

We heard about this picture long before we finally found it (years later, at the Truman Presidential Library). After our weeks working in the American Tuna Association archives at Scripps, we had a thick file of paper about Nick Bez. … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPORER – The First Trip – South America

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz          Bobs Posting 12                          Oct. 4, 2013 When Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese on Dec. 7, 1941 the world was changed instantly and the U.S. was in World War II.  Projects were put on hold … Continue reading

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