Category Archives: Pacific Explorer

Another Astoria, 1947, moment

What I love most about writing history is the way information connects and how stories can be woven into frameworks for a greater understanding. History is not about the past, it is a powerful lens that allows you to understand … Continue reading

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We dust! We clean! We re-organize!

We are telling a lot of stories here at the Pacific Fishery History Project, and since we have trouble keeping them straight, we’re sure it’s a problem for our loyal readers. Postings tend to be more than a little random. … 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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Nick Bez, friend of presidents

The Pacific Explorer, the world’s largest fishing boat, was eventually sold for scrap, but Nick Bez stayed in the news.[i] He sold his stock in Astoria’s Columbia River Packers Association in 1951 and bought P. E. Harris, one of the … Continue reading

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The further, further adventures of the R/V Oregon

By Kirk Pellegrin, Oct. 27, 2015 My father, Gilmore “Butch” Pellegrin Jr., is a fisheries biologist with NOAA/NMFS at the Pascagoula, Mississippi lab and started work there July 1974.  I was born the following Nov. of ’74. As a small … Continue reading

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Astoria, 1947

There are many ways of looking at history. We can look at events, or at the people who were involved in the events, and we can look at how things came together in significant ways.  There is often another dimension … Continue reading

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How knowing something can lead you astray

We have had an interesting time over the past three years, learning how an assumption we made allowed us to ignore some evidence that we really should not have ignored. It took Bob Hitz, with his interest in finding the … 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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