Category Archives: Pacific Explorer

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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Our 90th post! What’s next?

We are extremely pleased that Bob Hitz has taken the time to organize the blog a bit, by compiling a list of all my posts (you can find a list of Bob’s posts here). For some time now, we’ve been … 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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Exploratory Fishing

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz Bob’s Post # 19 June 26, 2014 I was hired as a “Methods and Equipment Specialist” and it has mystified me for years. I was in the masters program at the College of Fisheries at the … Continue reading

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Knowing by way of the boats

We’ve been fascinated by the way Bob Hitz has been uncovering an aspect of history that has received little attention, the gear development group headed by Dayton Lee Alverson.  It shows there was a coordinated federal effort to expand commercial … Continue reading

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PACIFIC EXPLORER – Ed Best – Photos

Charles R. (Bob) Hitz              Bob’s Posting 17                  June 4, 2014 I had the opportunity to talk with Ed about his experiences on the Kiska when he went to the Bering Sea in March 1948. He had taken a … 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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