As USCG personnel face the absence of their paychecks as part of the government shutdown, we share ways that you can help by contributing food and money to area groups that will get resources to Coast Guard families who need them.
Soon after the tragic wreck of the crab boat Mary B II on the Yaquina Bay Bar in Newport, Oregon, earlier this month, many people in the fishing community shared their grief at the loss of three lives.
One of the most eloquent tributes came from Fisher Poet Tele Aadsen, who fishes Alaska waters with her partner Joel Brady Power, on their salmon troller Nerka. Today’s Ship Report features Tele’s blog post, a testimony to lives lost under harrowing conditions, in a difficult profession.
Photo credit: Tele Aadsen from her post on Facebook about the Mary B II. Thank you, Tele, for your great writing and the eloquent window you give us into life at sea.
The tragic loss of the Dungenness crab boat Mary B II on the Yaquina Bay Bar this week has thrown the PNW fishing community into bitter mourning, as crabbing season finally gets underway after more than a month of delay. Three men died attempting to cross the bar, coming home with a full crab boat after a long round of work at sea.
In the final installment of our interview series about the Coast Guard’s unseen role in supporting safe cargo transit on US waters, we talk with Captain Jeremy Smith, Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, and commander of Air Station Astoria, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, USGC.
When conditions get cold at sea there is always the risk of ice, on decks, rigging and gear. Ice can cause boats to become top heavy and dangerously unstable. It’s a real risk for Pacific Northwest fishermen who are often doing their work in the worst weather of the year in winter months.
More from my interview with Captain Jeremy Smith, USCG Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River. We’re talking about ships at anchor in the river and how security and other issues are handled there.