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Gig Harbor fishing boat sailed for 77 years

busted_ship%201A%20secondaryIn his younger days, Jim Richards saw dollar signs when storms rolled in at the start of fishing season. The Gig Harbor man knew they’d drive away many of his competitors, giving him and his crew in the steady Bergen more room to rake in the cod they sold to raise their families. “That boat could go out and do anything, and it was better than the bigger boats,” Richards said over the weekend. “The Bergen has caught millions and millions and millions of pounds of halibut and it has provided really good jobs for guys for a long time,” said Richards, 59. “It’s sad that she’s gone.” Read the rest here 08:18

Salvage of fishing vessel Bergen to resume Tuesday in Bellingham

Fishing%20Boat%20Follow%20(2)Efforts to salvage the wrecked fishing boat Bergen and pull its remains out of Bellingham Bay will resume Tuesday, March 15, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Three fishermen were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard early Thursday when the commercial fishing boat broke free from its moorage in a windstorm with gusts of 70 mph. The 52-foot wooden boat hit a seawall south of Seaview Avenue, after drifting about 300 yards to the west. The boat, which was built in 1939 and based in Gig Harbor, had been moored near Bellingham Cold Storage, 2825 Roeder Ave.as the crew prepared for a three-month trip to Bristol Bay to fish for black cod. Video, Read the rest here 06:50

Bellingham fishermen rescued from boat in 70 mph windstorm

CoastGuardRescueU.S. Coast Guard crews rescued three fishermen Thursday morning, March 10, from a boat that broke loose at a Bellingham harbor in an intense windstorm. A 52-foot commercial fishing boat named Bergen broke free from the spot it was moored, near Bellingham Cold Storage, 2825 Roeder Ave., sometime around 5 a.m. All of the lines must have come loose as the crew slept, said one the deckhands, Jacob Imholt, 35. Overnight a windstorm had roared into Whatcom County, with sustained winds above 40 mph and gusts measured around 70 mph. Read the rest here 14:45