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Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen

The Story of the Schooner Wawona

Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen - The Story of the Schooner WawonaDiscover the maritime history of the three-masted schooner Wawona and the quirky adventures of her captains and crews in the North Pacific. Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen reveals the innovations of Wawona’s builder, H.D. Bendixsen. Capt. Ralph E. “Matt” Peasley, “the big overgrown kid,” became the most famous ship captain in America. Capt. Charles Foss called on the heavens for a breeze by wearing his wife’s hats. And the crew caught hundreds of tons of cod in the stormy Bering Sea while secretly fermenting shipboard wine. Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen recreates a world that ended with the last sailing ships.

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Blowing Out the Stink

Life on a Lumber and Cod Schooner, 1897-1947

Blowing Out the StinkBlowing Out the Stink—a fisherman’s phrase for doing laundry at sea—tells the story of the lumber and cod schooner Wawona and the quirky adventures of her captains and crews in the North Pacific. Learn about the the innovations of Wawona’s builder, H.D. Bendixsen. Capt. Ralph E. “Matt” Peasley, “the big overgrown kid,” became the most famous ship captain in America. Capt. Charles Foss called on the heavens for a breeze by wearing his wife’s hats. And the crew caught hundreds of tons of cod in the stormy Bering Sea while secretly fermenting shipboard wine with canned fruit and sourdough starter. Blowing Out the Stink recreates a world that ended with the last sailing ships.

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