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This is not a new story but I don’t recall seeing this before. If it has been posted ..I apologize and just pass on by but I thought a break from the doom is refreshing even if that break contains some sadness. 😉. It’s sad that the crew of F/V Destination went down with all hands but I thought the cooperation between NOAA and the Coast Guard was commendable. I’m sure their efforts were appreciated by the loved ones left behind.

As someone that loves the ocean I take no small measure of comfort knowing that the United States Coast Guard is on station. My hat off to all USCG living and dead….

And to my fellow seafaring friends God Bless and be safe out there. 👍

https://www.q13fox.com/news/missing-seattle-based-crab-boat-found-on-ocean-floor


SEATTLE -- A Seattle-based crab boat lost since February was found on the seafloor. The Destination and its six crew members went missing on February 11, 2017, while fishing for snow crab northwest of St. George, Alaska.

Related: Crew of TV’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ mourn loss of Seattle-based crab boat Destination

NOAA confirmed Thursday that two ships, en route to scientific missions in Alaskan waters, helped find Destination.

NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson conducted the first survey from April 30 through May 1. NOAA said the Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination.

While the ship was not able to positively identify any contacts, it did narrow the search area.…


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Obviously the type of people Seattle can't afford to loose and probably won't replace. RIP men


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Originally Posted by Irving_D
Obviously the type of people Seattle can't afford to loose and probably won't replace. RIP men

No too many in the industry are from Seattle

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F/V Destination Crew

[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Jeff Hathaway, 60, captain of the Destination, lived on a ranch near Port Orchard. He is survived by his wife, Sue Pierce Hathaway, and their daughter, Hannah Cassara.

[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Kai Hamik, 29, created videos of the crab seasons. A resident of Chandler, Arizona, he spent some of his childhood in Sand Point, Alaska, where his father worked in the fishing industry. At the time of his death, he lived with his partner, Amanda Hawkins
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[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Charles Glen Jones, 46, a veteran crewman and the boat’s engineer, lived in Belfair. Survivors include his children and his wife, Rosalie Jones.

[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Larry O’Grady, 55, worked on the Destination for more than 20 years. In 2006, after a 17-year courtship, he married Gail Plummer, and the couple lived in Poulsbo.

[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Darrik Seibold, 36, was raised in Petersburg, Alaska, and Olympia. He left behind a young son, Eli, of Sand Point, Alaska. He was described by his brother, Dylan Hatfield, as an inventor and an artist who painted and wrote poetry.

[Linked Image from images.seattletimes.com]Raymond Vincler, 32, was an Aleut native who lived on Akutan Island in the Aleutian chain. He had two boys. His family said he was happiest when he was on the water with his sons, whom he taught to fish and hunt.




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That is some tough duty and some of the waters those crews endure for their paycheck is brutal. The farmers of the sea and those who farm the land have always been the "salt of the earth" crowd imo, and their demise always saddens me! Losing folks likes these hard working men is always tough! From the rescue and recovery end of things , I always figured if I had any advice for youngsters wishing to serve their country, the USCG would be a solid move and a very rewarding career path! Rest in Peace , Men , you have earned your respite! The rest of us folks will be along soon!

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In 1989, I worked on "F/V Optimus Prime" 163' catcher/processor out of Dutch Harbor (she may have been Seattle registered... I forget.)

... and "F/V Vonnie Marie" out of Homer... 68' longliner.

Crazy stuff... crazy times.

"F/V Optimus Prime" hired me out of Homer... and we took on crab pots so high that the damn boat wanted to turtle running down Shelikof Strait... thru DH/Unalaska.

Pure insanity... doing that work for a living... but the pay was stellar.

I Google Fu for vessels I worked... but no luck

"F/V Rollo" is similar in configuration (but 55' shorter).

https://www.businessinsider.com/corey-arnolds-photos-of-crab-fishing-on-the-bering-sea-2014-8

After quitting the "F/V Vonnie Marie" the rear canopy structure collapsed on the next crew out... busted up a deckhand really bad... both legs broke. Took 2 more days to collect the longlines/gear and 1-2 more days to get back to Homer.

RIP F/V Destination Crew...


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Originally Posted by CashisKing
In 1989, I worked on "F/V Optimus Prime" 163' catcher/processor out of Dutch Harbor (she may have been Seattle registered... I forget.)

... and "F/V Vonnie Marie" out of Homer... 68' longliner.

Crazy stuff... crazy times.

"F/V Optimus Prime" hired me out of Homer... and we took on crab pots so high that the damn boat wanted to turtle running down Shelikof Strait... thru DH/Unalaska.

Pure insanity... doing that work for a living... but the pay was stellar.

I Google Fu for vessels I worked... but no luck

"F/V Rollo" is similar in configuration (but 55' shorter).

https://www.businessinsider.com/corey-arnolds-photos-of-crab-fishing-on-the-bering-sea-2014-8

After quitting the "F/V Vonnie Marie" the rear canopy structure collapsed on the next crew out... busted up a deckhand really bad... both legs broke. Took 2 more days to collect the longlines/gear and 1-2 more days to get back to Homer.

RIP F/V Destination Crew...

That is insane , dude! It is about that timeframe I was contemplating chasing after this smoking hot bush pilot from AK ( her and I drank all night at the Lariat Saloon, Grand Lake,CO)and working my way somehow into a job on the water! I am bummed I never got to AK and probably would have enjoyed the raucous sex for a few weeks , but not so bummed I never worked a fishing boat!

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Originally Posted by JeffA

Good stuff!

Thanks for tracking that down. Kai had fun with those videos.

RIP Kia... and crew.


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Youtube algorithms have been pestering me to watch a video on this.

Thanks for catching me up.

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Originally Posted by JeffA
What was your job on the Optimus?

Started as a processor... then some deckhand work.

13-14 men (dedicated Captain, engineer, cook... 4 deckhands... rest were processors... if deckhand got lame a day they would grab a big processor fella and show him the topside). 24 hour a day operation. I was big and dumb so they picked me alot.

Deckhand and cook on the Vonnie Marie. Being a cook is kinda easy... make a chit ton of steak and potatoes... and buckets of ketchup.

5 man crew (Capt and 4 crew)... BRUTAL work. Black Cod (Sablefish)... auto baiter and Marco windlass.


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