The Port of Seattle has purchased Salmon Bay Marina, a privately-owned operation on five acres just to the west of Fishermen’s Terminal. The price: $15.6 million. The Port said it bought the marina to protect maritime industrial land and support the growth of Fishermen’s Terminal. The Port has set a goal to double the size […]
The boaters who rescued a fisherman off Shilshole last month have been honored by Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scroggins with a letter of recognition. Christa and Leo Ribas not only pulled the man out of the Sound after his 35-foot fishing boat sank, but they provided him with dry socks, dry shoes and money for […]
This last Saturday, a 35-foot fishing boat sank off Shilshole. A nearby boat saw the fisherman was in trouble, so they responded and pulled the man out of the water before rescue crews arrived. “The Good Samaritans rescued the man from the boat, took him to shore, and provided him with dry socks, dry shoes […]
In March of 2008, five people were lost and 42 rescued from the Seattle-based fish processing vessel, the Alaska Ranger, which sank approximately 130 miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A Coast Guard photo of one of the life rafts. The Coast Guard has now determined the cause of the sinking: The Board determined that […]
For the 82nd straight year, a gathering at Fishermen’s Terminal prayed for the safety of the men and women who harvest fish in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. This year, the captain and crew of Ariel received the blessing. “Be with us now as we consecrate the vessel, Ariel and bless all the labors of […]
The new Smith Cove Cruise ship terminal has been open just a little more than a month, and this morning maritime industry leaders from Ballard and surrounding neighborhoods took a tour of Terminal 91. The terminal has served the fishing industry for two decades, and now it’s also home to cruise ships heading to Alaska. […]
My Ballard reader Rob Senita attended Saturday’s sold-out Deadliest Catch fan convention in Seattle featuring Ballard’s most famous fishermen. Rob filed this report from “CatchCon” below…
One of the hottest tickets in town today was not the Mariners or Sounders, but CatchCon. Discovery Channel put on the first-ever Deadliest Catch Convention today at Pier 66. Tickets were limited to the first 500 people who signed up on Discovery Channel’s Web site.
The doors opened at noon, and ticket holders were ushered into the convention center where they could test their skill in the “Deadliest Sort” — a game where you had 30 seconds to sort through plastic crabs according to the gender.
The Wizard and Northwestern boats were on hand for tours throughout day. You were able to climb aboard these mighty vessels and take photos with some of the crew and of the boat itself…
A fresh season of “Deadliest Catch” returns to the Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights with Ballard’s own Sig Hansen at the helm of the Northwestern. This preview clip features the boat’s “longest standing Norwegian tradition,” which is none other than biting the head off a herring: Niiice. We’ll stick with the pickled herring, thank you.
It’s been an annual tradition for 81 years, and this year Pastor Erik Wilson Weiberg of Ballard First Lutheran Church conducted the “Blessing of the Fleet” at Fishermen’s Terminal. Even with today’s technology, fishing is still a very dangerous business. Back in October, seven crew members were killed when the Katmai sunk off the Aleutian […]
Today the Coast Guard released dramatic video of yesterday’s rescue of five crew members on board a Fishermen’s Terminal-based ship in Alaska. Waves pounded the ship after it ran aground in 50+ mph winds…
Five crew members from a Fisherman’s Terminal-based trawler had a very close call in Alaska early this morning. Buffeted by 57 mph gusts, the trawler “Mar-Gun” ran aground near St. George Island. A Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead and pulled the crew to safety: Tim Propst, Dan Hankins, Richard Post, Dan Stanfield and Paul Gore […]
The investigation resumes today in the tragic sinking of the Ballard-based Katmai fishing vessel. According to the Seattle Times, the Coast Guard is testing the buoyancy of the life raft to see if it inflated properly. Back in October, seven crew members were killed when the Katmai sunk off the Aleutian Islands. Four survived by […]