Tag archive for "Salmon"

Alaska, Books


No Comments 11 July 2013

McCloskey makes his last set as this fine trilogy comes to a close.  Raiders characters mature just as the subject matter comes of age.  Political drama, personal intrigue, cultural differences.  Even though the story and characters are fictional, the events and emotions are very real and certainly command center stage today just as they did in the 1980s.  One of the more interesting themes is the cultural interaction between the Japanese, native Alaskan and the American fisherman.  By looking at the evolution of the fishing community we can extrapolate to predict the future of the fishing industry.  A further generalization predicts the future of many industries.  But the old days, the last third of the 20th century in this case, are gone.  It was a bold time, when men could live large, when risk rode with brains and muscle into the eye storm seeking buxom reward.  Not just to make a living, but to make a point.  A very personal point, shared with crew and friends, often, spoken only with tears.  The romance, like that of the Old West, will live on far into the future.  With the same salt crystals at the corner of the eye as grace the gunnel at sunset.

Alaska, Books, Velkommen


No Comments 24 March 2013

The second novel in William McCloskey’s trilogy.    The characters mature and the fishing grows from smaller boats to bigger boats.  The politics get interesting, as foreign interests endeavor to use every loophole to obtain the Alaskan bounty they lost when the 200 mile limit on fishing was imposed.  Breakers is  a great read, factual in many aspects, but fictional and romanticized just enough to keep the pages turning rapidly.  It captures  the energy of commercial fishing, and superimposes human faces to weave the story.  Fishing fans should read it twice.  It is a well told story, McCloskey talking about what he knows and loves.  No more pretentious than that.  If you love big water  and big adventure.  This book’s for you!


Alaska, Books


No Comments 21 February 2013

A fun and entertaining read.  Nothing too weighty; just right for a cozy night at anchor.  Highliners is book one of a trilogy including Breakers and RaidersWilliam McCloskey begins the tale of Hank Crawford, August, 1963, fresh out of college on his way to a cannery job on Kodiak Island, looking for overtime and big dollars.  The volume ends in 1975, with the fisherman characters and the changing nature of the fishery filled out.  The story is timeless and well told.  Plucky, rebellious young man leaves home to follow a dream despite parental opposition.   Gradually he finds his sea legs and charts his course.  Gradually he becomes part of a dynamic close knit community.  A viking-like adventurous lifestyle is portrayed and a bit romanticized.  Fishermen competing among themselves and then bonding together as a group, lobbying government to protect their interests and limit foreign fishing.  The story builds on its own with little need for gratuituous language.  The rhythm of the sea underlies every chapter and although the characters are fictional the times they occupy are factual.  A must read for all salty fish lovers because it defines fishing commercial fishing in Alaska.  The last frontier.

Books, Gulf Islands, Velkommen

Once Upon an Island

No Comments 10 January 2012

What a marvelous book; a wonderful romance.  Wallace Island is the perfect setting.  Totally magical.  If you have visited, then you know the special charm.  The first thought of the island, that first mental image always says, “I want to go back, I must return.”  The island forever calls to all who visit.  Like a leprechaun-land, no one leaves without a little blessing, a gift for the soul……but the hook is:  there can be no thought of the island without a longing to return.

So it’s easy to understand David Conover’s love of Wallace Island and his desire to share that love.  What unfolds is a large pallette of the Gulf Islands, rich with character and characters.  All seen through the lens of a love story, between David and Jeanne, between David and Wallace Island.

In addition to being well written and nicely crafted, Once Upon an Island is a true story.  No doubt there is a bit of “artistic-license” woven in; but it never detracts.  The old black and white photos really lock down the imagery, revealing David Conover’s photographic artistry face to face with his romantic prose.
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This book will make you smile and laugh and enrich your Gulf Island experience.  Whatever you do…..read this book right away!
Then dig deeper. This book has contains added treasures for those who dare to seek them out. Perhaps a subject for a future post.


Sooke 2009 – Fishing and Exploring Aboard Puget Sound Thunder

1 Comment 21 December 2010

Back in July 2009, Ray Robinson and I ran out to Sooke aboard Puget Sound Thunder.  There are times when it’s really nice to have a fast boat, not to mention a skipper capable of handling one.  We packed in quite a bit in three short days.  I finally processed the pics after reviewing the memories.  I bottled them up with Windows Live Movie Maker and received generous permission from Alex Hertz at Blue Note to use a couple of tracks from McCoy Tyner’s superb album “Guitars”.  Enjoy the ride….Enjoy this Holiday Season.   Merry Christmas!

You can watch the video here, in regular mode, or watch in  high definition and full screen by going directly to YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHCrRQGNolA.  Select the 720p HD or 1080 HD option from the drop down menu and then select the ‘full screen’ button.  The Esc key will let you exit full screen mode.  High definition requires Big Bandwidth.  If the movie does not flow seamlessly, drop back to standard 360p mode.

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