Still Classy After 80 Years
n the decades long before Alaska became a state in 1959, the federal government managed
commercial fishing throughout the territory, using a fleet of wood motor vessels to carry enforcement
officers, stream guards, scientists, and observers—and even a president—to wherever salmon were
biting or spawning.
The smallest of the regulatory fleet were 40-some feet long, while the largest were up to 140 feet.
Styling resembled the commonsense lines seen in halibut boats and purse seiners, but many also had
handsome, almost yacht-like characteristics, with nearly vertical stems, a long and graceful sheer, and
a fantail stern.
Story And Photography By Robert M. Lane I