Dutch Harbor to Akutan, Alaska

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Golden Dawn in Akutan

    Well finally we got a ride. The weather never cleared enough to take the sea plane so after the German VIP buyers flew in to Dutch on the company jet, management had to find a way to get them to Akutan. Finally they sent the Golden Dawn, a multimillion dollar 150 foot fishing boat that was owned by the company. The Dawn's main catch was pollock which is a real white fish and is used for almost everything including imitation crab. I was really happy with this decision. I had flown in a seaplane in the Florida Keys but had never been on a really professional fishing boat. This boat could hold as much as 700,000 pounds of pollock and the captain said during the season, they caught that many a couple times a week. WOW! 

    The ride was pretty comfortable, the mate  had cooked some really nice snacks for the VIPs so I helped myself too! The people from Germany were really nice and friendly and treated us mortals well.

View leaving Dutch. On the very top is some military structures from WWII.
I got the chief engineer to take me through the engine room and show me around since that is my thing in the Merchant Marines but on much larger ships. I had him take my picture in the engine room a few times for a souvenir but all the shots came out blurry. I guess he was a better engineer than photographer.

    I made all the rounds, got the deck guys to take me around the deck and show me the nets and the electronic transducer that tells the ship when the net is full and I never did understand all of that but I guess it works because he said it did. But How? Oh well! I learned a lot about nets and the dragging doors and so much stuff I never knew before or after!

    I went up on the bridge and talked with the captain for a while and tried  to learned as much as I could without showing that I was a complete fool! Guess I succeeded because they did not throw me overboard.

Main deck
Finally we arrived in the protected harbor of Akutan and the sea became flat calm but the visiblity did not improve enough for flying. One of my coworkers arrived a couple of days later on the sea plane and it was a clear day. He gave me a copy of his photos and permission to use them and I have included some of them at the end of this blog. He flew over from Dutch on an old 1940s Grumman Goose with fixed pontoons. It was cool! My next blog will be about Akutan, the island, the village, and the seafood plant. Stay tuned!

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Golden Dawn in Akutan
Golden Dawn in Akutan
View leaving Dutch. On the very to…
View leaving Dutch. On the very t…
Main deck
Main deck
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
I forgot the proper terminology bu…
I forgot the proper terminology b…
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
The Net
"The Net"
View from far forward on the main …
View from far forward on the main…
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
Main deck
Main deck
View leaving Dutch Harbor
View leaving Dutch Harbor
View from the stern.
View from the stern.
The fancy electronic gizmo, transd…
The fancy electronic gizmo, trans…
Main deck
Main deck
Main deck
Main deck
View from the stern.
View from the stern.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
View inside Dutch Harbor
View of the mountains on the islan…
View of the mountains on the isla…
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
On the way to Akutan.
Me in the engine room taken by Sha…
Me in the engine room taken by Sh…
The bridge and the captain
The bridge and the captain
Golden Dawn in Akutan
Golden Dawn in Akutan
Akutan. All these containers are r…
Akutan. All these containers are …
A factory ship with a fishing boat…
A factory ship with a fishing boa…
View of all of the village of Akut…
View of all of the village of Aku…
View of the processing plant. At p…
View of the processing plant. At …
Views from Dutch on a clear day
Views from Dutch on a clear day
Views from Dutch on a clear day
Views from Dutch on a clear day
Views from Dutch on a clear day
Views from Dutch on a clear day
The old 1940s Grumman Goose at the…
The old 1940s Grumman Goose at th…
Inside the Goose
Inside the Goose
Inside the Goose
Inside the Goose
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Akut…
Views from the Goose-Dutch to Aku…
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