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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

September 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

No longer a star at Fishermen’s Terminal

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Sketched Sept. 22, 10:47 a.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
In previous visits to Fishermen’s Terminal I’ve seen people lining up to take tours of the Sea Star. Years ago it was used as a “chase boat” for the film crew of The Deadliest Catch, the popular Discovery Channel TV show about Alaskan crab fishing, which is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in America. Iconic images of crab boats riding the ice storms in the Bering Sea were taped from this boat. (This post on the show’s blog has more background.)
The Sea Star is still there but at a different dock. Moorage coordinator Perry Ross said they’re not doing the tours now, which explains why I didn’t see any banners advertising the attraction. At $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids, I thought the tours were very expensive anyway. And why pay that much when you can just walk around the Terminal and talk to fishermen directly?
An even better opportunity to learn more about Seattle’s fishing community and actually meet some real stars from the Deadliest Catch show is Saturday’s 22nd Annual Fishermen’s Festival (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Ross said it is the first year the TV show will have a booth at the event. F/V Wizard Captain Keith Colburn is expected to be there serving “Deadliest Catch” fresh crab cocktails.” The proceeds of the fundraiser benefit the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial (see sketch.)

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