Martha K: Newsworthy Old Fishing Boat in Sitka, Alaska
I must confess, I know absolutely nothing about ocean-going fishing boats.
I was raised in the midwest, and the only boats I knew of were the metal 4-man fishing boats my grandfather owned. I want to say it had an Evinrude engine of some sort on the back, and my grandfather, grandmother, and my brother and I would drag our lures around the lake for most of the day. We’d come home with buckets full of sun bass, blue gills, an assortment of small mouth bass, and if we were lucky, a nice walleye.
I have very fond memories of my grandmother pan-frying those blue gills in butter in her cast iron skillet. YUM!
Anyway, here I am in Sitka, Alaska and the Martha K steps in front of my camera looking like she’d seen better days, but had perhaps a few stories to tell.
I poked around the Internet a bit, and found this June 1955 article from the Natural History Magazine which seemed to be talking about the Martha K in my photograph, entitled: Last of the Tlingit Sealers. To read the article, click here.
I found it interesting that this ole gal was telling me stories from 1955. I wonder what other stories she has to tell?
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