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To: Joe Btfsplk who wrote (23869)12/30/2018 9:46:45 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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Great story.

I know guys who ran crab boats in the Bering Sea. Sent crew out with baseball bats to break the ice off the rigging. Scary stuff.

Alaska is not a place for wimps.

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To: Joe Btfsplk who wrote (23869)12/30/2018 10:41:25 PM
From: Neeka
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What fun it would be to sit and listen to you and my husband exchange boat stories out of Alaska.

I love the stories we find here on SI. A person has to be willing to share their life's experience, and when they decide to to so, it's always memorable, and almost epic.

;) M

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23865)12/30/2018 11:52:13 PM
From: Neeka
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Dad would take readings every day at noon with the sextant, but he never taught me how to use it. LORAN came later and we all thought it was just the cat's meow. Better than anything else we had going in those days. From all the cursing I used to hear, I think he preferred the sextant.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23872)12/31/2018 12:08:55 AM
From: SmoothSail
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Depending where you were the LORAN could be off by a mile. That could cause a few problems. I once heard that the government deliberately made the LORAN inaccurate so it couldn’t be used by enemies to zero in on a target. Don’t know how true that is.

Besides the sextant was more fun. Brings back so many memories.

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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (23870)12/31/2018 1:21:04 PM
From: Joe Btfsplk
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Lost a picture I once had of the mail boat coming in to the boat harbor in Juneau. Listing 8 or 10 degrees from the ice load on the starboard side with he crew thoroughly iced in.

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Buddy had a bro-in-law that used to run the cannery at Dutch Harbor. His daughter now hangs with the crew that makes Deadliest Catch. Would like to have a few beers with that bunch.

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To: Joe Btfsplk who wrote (23874)12/31/2018 1:44:35 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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I was aboard this vessel for a quick trip from Sitka to Seward in 1999

They later built the shelter deck on it and then someone put it on the rocks on Adak Island.


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From: SmoothSail12/31/2018 2:23:57 PM
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Happy Birthday to Marie (mph). We really miss you and your wit.

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From: SmoothSail1/2/2019 4:16:39 PM
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Catalina is taking a beating with the Nor’Easter.


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From: SmoothSail1/2/2019 4:38:45 PM
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Catalina is taking a beating with the Nor’Easter.


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From: SmoothSail1/24/2019 2:08:00 AM
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Hard to believe but this is Catalina Island - after all the rain.


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