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jimh posted 05-20-2006 10:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
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.

Dutch Harbor Whaler

I am sure Jim will be able to answer any questions you might have.

17 bodega posted 05-20-2006 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for 17 bodega  Send Email to 17 bodega     
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.
JMARTIN posted 05-20-2006 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Nice pictures Jim. Another fine Cetacea page, the other Jim. John
jimh posted 05-20-2006 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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?"
Buckda posted 05-20-2006 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
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.


andygere posted 05-21-2006 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
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.

Gep posted 05-22-2006 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
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.


Yiddil posted 05-22-2006 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
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:))
tombro posted 05-24-2006 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
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!
Kelly posted 05-26-2006 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
It looks to me like the boat was equiped with some pretty heavy duty lifting eyes.
pglein posted 05-26-2006 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
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.

jimp posted 05-26-2006 05:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
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"!

striper 17 posted 07-16-2006 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for striper 17  Send Email to striper 17     
Hi folks,
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!
striper 17 posted 07-16-2006 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for striper 17  Send Email to striper 17     
Actually, thats not the spit, I think its in Captain's Bay or next to Westward Seafoods.
jimp posted 07-17-2006 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
striper 17 -

If you go looking, she's about 50 yards off the Spit at the NE corner of Dutch Harbor.


striper 17 posted 07-17-2006 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for striper 17  Send Email to striper 17     
Hmm, That must be in the curve just before the spit. Are those containers just past Delta Western, Alaska Ship Supply, ect.?
jimp posted 07-20-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
The 13 is right across from the archaeological site at the NE end of the Spit.
striper 17 posted 07-26-2006 06:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for striper 17  Send Email to striper 17     
k well I'll check it out day after tomorrow.
alfa posted 01-14-2007 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for alfa  Send Email to alfa     
Any news about this northern 13' ?
shipskip posted 04-25-2007 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for shipskip  Send Email to shipskip     
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.

jimp posted 11-15-2008 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
JimH -

Uh-oh. From the local radio station website today:

Skipper from fishing show "Deadliest Catch" sued
SEATTLE (AP) - A man has sued the captain of the fishing crew that stars in the Discovery Channel's popular program "Deadliest Catch" after suffering injuries on the skipper's boat during the Seafair festival.

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.


wonder posted 08-29-2010 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for wonder  Send Email to wonder     
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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