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Page 82--Dutch Harbor Whaler: May 20, 2006
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posted 05-20-2006 10:20 AM ET (US)
Please use this thread for comments on Cetacea Page 82, "Dutch Harbor Whaler," a series of photographs taken by Jim Potdevin of a classic Boston Whaler 13-foot hull abandoned in southwest Alaska.
I am sure Jim will be able to answer any questions you might have.
posted 05-20-2006 11:59 AM ET (US)
Fantastic story Jim and Jim. I hope there is a follow up story about how this boat is recycled back into service. Bringing back a gem like this from it's discarded status will provide the owner with additional satisfaction and great stories.
posted 05-20-2006 01:24 PM ET (US)
Nice pictures Jim. Another fine Cetacea page, the other Jim. John
posted 05-20-2006 02:45 PM ET (US)
While looking at that mahogany interior, I was thinking to myself, "I wonder what a vinyl upholstered seat from 1971 would look like now on that boat?"
posted 05-20-2006 11:10 PM ET (US)
after several hours working with hotel and company IT reps, I finally got my computer to play nice with my hotel highspeed system here in LA. Deadliest Catch mini-marathon on TV...and...of course, the first page that popped up was CW with this great new addition to cetecea.
Great photography Jim and great new page Jim.
posted 05-21-2006 02:04 PM ET (US)
Jimh, great feature, as usual. I am addicted to Deadliest Catch, so the photos have special interest to me. That hull could probably tell a few stories.
JimP, rescue that Whaler! It may be years before the Squall is finally dry, and in the meantime that little 13 could become your back country adventure boat. 13's are easy to launch and retrieve from primitive or non-existent ramps (a.k.a. the beach); think of the possibilities...
By the way, great photographs.
posted 05-22-2006 09:30 AM ET (US)
The "very interesting clamp/lever device for applying and releasing tension to the steering cables" is actually a trailer hold down strap tensioner.
I have one on the strap holding down my 13' Sport.
posted 05-22-2006 09:56 PM ET (US)
Those were outstanding photo's of the bone yard and the 13 sport whaler...I'm thinking how lucky I was to get apiece of that history with a 1964 in running shape, hull number 12939. But these pics are superb, and were this boat was found is so interesting a palettee!!! Nice addition to the shite Jim:))
posted 05-24-2006 08:00 AM ET (US)
Excellent article and photos! My wife and I are as addicted to Deadliest Catch as we are to anything else on the tube. Maybe more!
posted 05-26-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)
It looks to me like the boat was equiped with some pretty heavy duty lifting eyes.
posted 05-26-2006 04:27 PM ET (US)
That boat is in remakably good shape, but I suspect the major damage to the starbord aft corner is the reason it's in the bone yard. Still, that boat is well worth restoring.
The steering tensioner appears to me to be standard equipment. My 1964 had one just like it. It was necessary to release the tension to lift the engine to the upright position. It's certainly not a trailer tie down, though it does use the same concept to function.
Also, I would question the model year of that boat. It's not a '71. It could be a '70 that wasn't delivered until '71, but the '71 has the smirked bow and newer style engine well.
Seeing that old boat sitting up there really makes me wonder what happened to my old '64. She either drifted free or was stolen one night back in about 1993. I'm sure someone, somewhere has that boat either sitting in their yard gathering dirt, or has restored her and enjoys her just as much as me. I'm sure they have no clue of her storied past. Maybe they're even still running the 1990 30hp Johnson.
posted 05-26-2006 05:49 PM ET (US)
The email from Chuck Bennett said: "Our records show that this boat was built in the old Rockland factory as a 13' Sport and was originally shipped out to a Puget Sound Marina in Seattle, WA on 2/2/71."
We had the steering "toggle tighener" on our 1963 Sport.
The boat had other dings/holes on the port side (nothing big) and I didn't look at the bottom. Though the small port/starboard keel fins looked OK - from what I could see of the aft 6"!
posted 07-16-2006 11:34 PM ET (US)
Just so you know said whaler is not in a bone yard. The place your seeing is actually a gear storage area at the end of the spit. I fish out of there 6 months out of the year. I'm home on break now but will be back there at the end of the month. Been spending my time refinishing the bottom of my whaler. It's a 17' Striper. I'll check out the 13 footer and if the owner wants to sell it cheap (like free) mabe I can pick it up and bring it home to Ketchikan. Score!
posted 07-16-2006 11:42 PM ET (US)
Actually, thats not the spit, I think its in Captain's Bay or next to Westward Seafoods.
posted 07-17-2006 11:04 AM ET (US)
striper 17 -
If you go looking, she's about 50 yards off the Spit at the NE corner of Dutch Harbor.
posted 07-17-2006 11:23 PM ET (US)
Hmm, That must be in the curve just before the spit. Are those containers just past Delta Western, Alaska Ship Supply, ect.?
posted 07-20-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)
The 13 is right across from the archaeological site at the NE end of the Spit.
posted 07-26-2006 06:14 AM ET (US)
k well I'll check it out day after tomorrow.
posted 01-14-2007 09:31 AM ET (US)
Any news about this northern 13' ?
posted 04-25-2007 05:45 PM ET (US)
Puget Sound Marina was the family business I referred to in my original 4/23/2007 GAM posting. We sold a lot of Whalers, Fairliners, Uniflites and Matthews' in the late 50's, 60's and early 70's. Also, Sig Hansen is my neighbor here in north Seattle overlooking Puget Sound, where just last week I saw the "Northwestern" right offshore. Sig took first place in 2006 in the scripted "Deadliest Catch" series.
posted 11-15-2008 09:43 PM ET (US)
Uh-oh. From the local radio station website today:
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Jon Moreno, the man suing skipper Sig Hansen, boarded the captain's boat with other partygoers during Seafair, Seattle's summer festival.
There, he and a friend were hoisted above the water by a crane on the crabbing boat and dropped into the water -- other people were doing the same thing.
Moreno says he was hurt in the fall, breaking his pelvis, according to the lawsuit filed at the King County Superior Court.
Moreno is asking for an undisclosed amount of money to cover medical, legal expenses. Hansen and his company, Hansen Enterprises Inc., are named in the lawsuit.
posted 08-29-2010 11:58 PM ET (US)
Wow... I just happened on this site looking for photos of Dutch Harbor!
I went out on this old whaler in 1974 when some Aleut friends of ours took us and some geologists from New York City who were studying volcanoes out on a seal hunt!
We shot 2 seals, and in the native tradition, we cut them open and everyone on the hunt took a bite of the liver. The New York Geologists turned green, and the Aleuts had a good laugh. I did OK, liking rare meat, and loving liver!
I did get a little queasy on that boat, though, from the sea.
I still have the mukluks an Aleut woman made for me from that seal.
Pretty wild to see that old Boston Whaler almost 40 years later.
Wonder of wonders!
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