A Fisherpoet Weighs In on Tragedy

A Fisherpoet Weighs In on Tragedy

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 Wreck of The Mary B II

The Wreck of The Mary B II

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.