A 1945 ship, restored and ready to work another salmon run in Bristol Bay

When Jim Henry first saw Dolphin, an 80-foot power scow, on the beach at Portland in 2006, he knew he had to have it. Built in 1945 by Maritime Shipyards in Seattle for the Alaska Packers Association’s cannery, the old tender had been sitting there five years. In its prime, Dolphin had served the sailboat salmon fishing industry in Bristol Bay by towing the vessels out of port and later loading their catch on its open deck for transport to the canneries.,, Old wooden boats could be a problem, but Henry grew up around those vessels on Peaks Island in Casco Bay off the Maine coast. His Scottish ancestors came to the area a few hundred years ago as political prisoners and settled on Peaks and nearby islands, working as fishermen. Henry’s been working in commercial fishing since he was 12 years old. click here to read the story 08:38

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