Voyages North

03 June 2018
22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Wooden Fishing Boats in Alaska. Craig, Prince of Wales Island. July 26, 2013

31 July 2013 | posted at Metlakatla, Alaska
Elie Hulsizer
Photo: The wooden salmon troller Dixie II tied up at Craig's North Harbor.

We were walking down the dock at Craig's North Harbor when a small white salmon troller caught my attention. It's freshly painted hull gleamed in the sunshine, its varnished trim offering a pleasing contrast. Two youngish men were washing the hull.

"What a beautiful boat!" I said.
"We're washing it just so you can admire it," joked one of the men.
"How old is it?"
"1927. There's a plaque on the cabin, I'll show you."

We climbed on board to see the plaque which read, "Built at Lake Washington, Houghton, Washington. 1927." I'd never heard of a town called Houghton, but Steve thought it might have been near Kirkland.

Dixie II is a working troller with a small wheelhouse with room for one seat and one person standing. The small galley is below in the fo'c'sle with a diesel stove and two bunks. The engine is located under the steering station and a fish hold in the stern. The owner and one crew fish it.

After seeing the Dixie II, I looked around the North Harbor and realized it's not the only wooden troller. There's the green-hulled Thomasina, the grey-hulled Angie Lee and the larger white-hulled Alliance. And we'd seen others out fishing.

Trollers aren't the only wooden fishing boats in SE Alaska. In Baranof Warm Springs we had seen the wooden seiner Intrepid. Although newer seiners towered over it, Intrepid's crew took obvious pride in its appearance and maintenance. And they obviously appreciate old designs. They wanted to know all about Osprey.

"It's too bad more people don't appreciate these old boats," said the owner of Dixie II. Obviously, quite a few still do.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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