First we carve wooden needles.
These finely crafted ones were used in San Juan County, WA.
Winter Work, November 1953.
The Seattle Times.
Poulsbo fishermen wearing rain gear, repaired salmon nets, a typical winter job. From left, Mike Paulsen, who went to Poulsbo from Norway in 1909, Clarence Rasmussen, and Norman Rustad. Poulsbo was increasing its moorage space at this time to boost its fishing business––the town's biggest industry. Forty boats called Poulsbo home port in 1953 and more were seeking moorage space.
Fishermen at Salmon Bay, March 1963
The Seattle Times
A sharp knife and a fishing net had familiar feels to Louis Zuvich, as he repaired a net at the Fishermen's Terminal at Salmon Bay.
In the 40 years during which he fished commercially, Zuvich had an uncounted number of nets to repair.
Such work is only one of many skills the Puget Sound-based commercial fisherman must develop.
In his trade, he must be a skilled seaman, an expert navigator, an able businessman. He must know the currents, tides, and depths, where and when to find the fish.
He must be a mechanic, engineer, and carpenter, and must have a feeling for treating the sick and injured. In breakdowns of men and equipment at sea, only a narrow gap keeps an inconvenience from becoming an emergency.
Zuvich, who learned his fishing from his father at Gig Harbor, and his 60-ft CONFIDENCE, long have been part of the commercial fishing scene at Salmon Bay.
With a three-man crew, the CONFIDENCE engaged in bottom fishing during the winter––"just making wages," in Zuvich's words.
The profitable season came during the summer when Zuvich and a crew of seven or eight purse seined for salmon in Alaskan waters, operating out of Ketchikan.
Rehanging Net, June 1993
The Seattle Times.
|Gary Sparrow, Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle, WA.|
Original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.