February 11, 2014
The Fishing Vessels Owners Association (FVOA) is celebrating their centennial this Saturday Feb 15. and in their honor the Center for Wooden Boats will showcase the boats of the era with a new exhibit.
Nine eighty-foot power-schooners of Seattle’s halibut longline fleet will be showcased along the waterfront near the Museum of History and Industry for a few days. There will be a parade for boats leaving Fishermen's Terminal dock 3 at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Most of boats will remain in front of MOHI for a couple of days and will usher in the Center for Wooden Boat’s exhibit called Highliners: Boats of the Century. The exhibit covers the evolution of the halibut schooners and their role in the maritime industry. They have collected over 200 interviews from current fishermen and “old timers” who fished in these power schooners. The exhibit opens February 14th, 2014. For more information on CWB website visit http://cwb.org/events/highliner/
Robert Alverson, General Manager of FVOA, said that that the amazing thing about these boats is that they were built on the shores of Salmon Bay and many of them are in use today. Once there was a fleet of 150, but now there are about 20 actively fishing and remain a vital part of the economic vitality of the community.
“The Center For Wooden Boats focused on our fleet and they are putting together 200 to 300 hours of interviews from crews that are working now and fishermen dating back to the days of the dories. Coral Batteen (Executive Assistant for FVOA) has really helped out a lot and done a marvelous job. We are very excited about the whole thing,” said Alverson.