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OUTDOORS Capital City Weekly The halibut fishing industry in Southeast started in 1888 when sailing schooners pushed farther north in search of natural ice to preserve their catches. That year, the Oscar And Hattie sailed north because there was no ice in Puget Sound or British Columbian waters. The vessel continued northward and found the icebergs of Glacier Bay. A couple of spars were broken in the violent winds of the larger fjords, so the ship returned to Sitka for repairs before returning south. The next year in December, the Oscar And Hattie returned to the vicinity of Sitka. These successful trips initiated halibut fishing in Southeast Alaska.

Schooners still sail Southeast

The halibut schooner Polaris is typical of the wooden vessels that still pursue halibut in Southeast Alaska. Now powered by an engine, carrying modern navigational equipment and a larger refrigerated fish hold, it still resembles its forebears.
Photo Courtesy Pat Roppel
The halibut schooner Polaris is typical of the wooden vessels that still pursue halibut in Southeast Alaska. Now powered by an engine, carrying modern navigational equipment and a larger refrigerated fish hold, it still resembles its forebears.
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