Topic: Fishermen’s Terminal
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September 24, 2010 at 6:58 PM
I showed you a sketch of the Sea Star on Thursday, but that wasn’t the boat I was looking for when I came to Fishermen’s Terminal this week.
I wanted to find a crab boat getting ready to go to Alaska and perhaps meet a captain like the ones I’ve seen on Deadliest Catch.”
The Discovery Channel show chronicles life aboard five crab boats and their crews on the Bering Sea. Have you watched it? Striking footage shows vessels crashing into towering waves and deckhands working around the clock in extreme weather conditions.
Sketched Sept. 21 and 22 at Fishermen’s Terminal [Click sketches to view larger]
I lucked out meeting captain Dennis Thompson, who was very gracious about answering my questions and gave me a tour of the “Mystery Bay,” where contractors were working on maintenance upgrades to get the boat ready to sail off to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on October 1st.
Thompson, who grew up in Westport and now lives in Snohomish County, has the same job as the skippers you see on the reality series, minus the cameras.
“I don’t like to throw that much water on the deck,” he said when I asked if the show paints an accurate picture of fishing in Alaska. The rest is the same, he said. “Some days are beautiful, some days are nasty.”
The Mystery Bay is one of 35 Seattle-based crab boats that will be fishing in Alaska by mid October, when the king crab season opens. Thompson is looking forward to it. “I gotta get a little salt in my veins and on my face — breathe a little salt air.” He has been fishing in Alaska since 1977 and was 22 when he first took the helm of a crab boat.
You can learn more about our local fishing community during Saturday’s 22nd Annual Festival at Fishermen’s Terminal (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Visit www.seattlefishermensmemorial.org for more information.
COMING UP: If you like Lego, I’m sure you’ve heard of BrickCon. It’s coming to Seattle Center next week.
September 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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.)
February 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM
10:52 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
I had a celebrity sighting shortly after Christmas. Captain Phil Harris, one of the crab-boat captains from the TV show Deadliest Catch, was at the Apple store in Lynnwood with one of his sons. For me, it was one of those moments when you realize TV celebrities also live ordinary lives. Father and son running an errand together — I bet many parents can relate to that.
At home, we’ve been fans of Captain Phil since we started watching the show years ago. My wife has a card he and other boat captains autographed for her at CatchCon last year. Boats and fishing have also become topics at the dinner table since some of my kids’ classmates have fathers fishing in Alaska who won’t be home for months.
This morning, I couldn’t help but being moved by the impromptu tribute for Captain Phil next to the Fishermen’s Memorial statue at Fishermen’s Terminal. Since the news of his death last week, people have been leaving flowers, photographs and handwritten notes next to the plaques with names of fishermen who lost their lives at sea.
I’m sorry this season will be Captain Phil’s last on the show, but I’m even sorrier his kids won’t be able to go to the mall with him anymore.
Rest in peace, Captain Phil.
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