Working boats

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The first big exhibit in the Columbia River Maritime Museum is focused on fishing and includes three full sized fishing boats. Mannequins and fishing gear help illustrate the work and tools of commercial fishing.

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This is a typical salmon troller. DH was excited to look into it and examine the gear (though he noted that some pieces were missing in the set-up).

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This is a Columbia River gill netter, a sailing boat used in pre-motor-power days. The lines of this boat are gorgeous. A nearby wall and recordings portray life in historic canneries.

Message to City Daily Photo bloggers: The photo challenge for February 1st is If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?

9 thoughts on “Working boats”

  1. What a fantastic setup/museum! I would love to visit here and learn more of commercial fishing. I’ve always thought it was very hard work and long hours and very dangerous. I’ve been out pleasure fishing as far as 70 miles into the Gulf of Mexico but I sure wouldn’t want to do it for a living.

    I’ll bet your husband loves this place. He probably gets too many ideas, though, right? 🙂

  2. i have always wanted to try out sailboating … the hubby had a speed boat when we were 1st dating but i think it would be super awesome to learn that exercise. a real team i bet you would have to be to work it all easily.

    talking about squirrel photography … i don’t have any fancy camera equipment as of yet but maybe one day?? fingers crossed on that one. ( :

  3. Great photos – it looks like a great museum. My dad fished a salmon troller in the 50s and 60s – he had a double ender (pointed on the bow and stern) and four poles – guess they don’t use four poles anymore. Our entire family lived on a 22 foot double ender for a summer – 2 parents and 3 kids – it was an adventure.

  4. I like nothing better than the enjoyment of watching boats and ships of all kinds and sizes. The small little Lake Michigan town where I was born had a tiny fishing industry that is no more.

  5. Great museum and great exhibitions! I saw a boating exhibition in the Netherlands that was kind of similar. Lots of fun, even for a non-boater like me.

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