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Boat Company Spring 1998

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QUALITY TIME Dean and Barbara Ritchie take their family on an Observer cruise.

LANDMARK TREES Efforts to save these awe inspiring trees are discussed.


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Michael McIntosh and David Rockefeller, Jr. visit Washington D.C. and New York City to discuss their joint efforts to help small grassroots efforts in Alaska.

POETRY Tongass Reflections


A FISH TALE: It Hunts By Scent by Henry W. Hooker

Notes and Comments by Michael McIntosh President, McIntosh Foundation and The Boat Company

on our challenge to the Forest

the foreign Navies.These Navies,

her. I had a chance to go onboard

Service’s practice of charging busi-

in turn, gave them to any local citi-

and noted that she has begun to

nesses like ours a fee of 3% our

zen who might be willing to take

accumulate a fair amount of fresh

gross income. As some of you

them.We saw one such vessel in

water in her bilges (rain). Since

may recall, the “fee” is to compen-

Rotterdam. It had changed hands

fresh water can rot wood quickly,

sate the Forest Service for the

several times but none of its

the Navy's indecision could make

time we walk on its land (above

asbestos had as yet been removed.

moot the Bittern's usefulness.

Of the 80 odd ships still

As for the future, we

New Boat (MSC-

afloat, 17 are in the hands of the

have some difficult choices.We

Minesweeper Coastal):

Greek Navy, 11 in Turkey, and 10

are booked solid this summer and

Every 6 months I am provided an

In 1989 (when we bought the

in both Italy and Spain.The rest

are already 70% booked for 1999.

opportunity to give an update on

Liseron) our investigations led us

are spread out amongst more

The mix of 12 to 20 passengers

Boat Company operational mat-

to believe that 250 of this class of

than a dozen other countries.

works well (not too big, not too

ters. Regulators and Regulations

wooden hull boats had been built

Experience has taught us that the

small) as do our beloved wooden

are always at the top of the list.

(all in the 1950’s). Now, as a result

Mediterranean is not kind to

ships. Further, we have been asked

I haven't been allocated enough

of further research, we believe

wooden hulls (worms) and so

to consider expanding our opera-

space to discuss all of them so I'll

the figure is closer to 300 i.e. 200

unless the ships have been metic-

tions to Prince William Sound and

just touch on the latest.

in the US, 50 in Europe with US

ulously maintained, when they are

even Bristol Bay.

US Coast Guard:

Funds, and an additional 50 in

eventually returned to the US

After 5 years of hassle I think we

Europe (also with US Funds) but

Government many may not be

wooden hulled minesweepers

are getting close to the end. I

constructed of a combination of

suitable for us.

was still a relatively easy chore.

should add however that I have

aluminum and wood.

Michael McIntosh

We have located 2

In 1989 finding suitable

Now, 9 years later, it is not. Nine

vessels that might work and we

years from now, it may be impos-

is that only 80 ships remain in

expect to find more. One (the

sible. Because of the foregoing, I

(there were 3 of them) most

existence (the rest having been

Phenix) is in the hands of the

expect we will buy several ships

recent visit we were informed that,

lost, sunk or scrapped). Almost all

French Navy in Cherbourg and

(buy now, convert over time).

amongst other things, no plastic

the vessels were loaned to foreign

the other (the Bittern), is in the

wastepaper baskets would be

(primarily European) Navies.

mothballed fleet at the

thought that before. During the Inspector's

allowed on the boat. Like most

Our best estimate now

The ships contain a fair

Philadelphia Navy Yard.We have

American households, we have a

amount of asbestos and PCBs and

not had an opportunity to have

fair amount of plastic on board i.e.

by 1992-1993 as Europe began to

either of the vessels surveyed and

pipe, food containers, rope, candy

tighten its environmental regula-

until that is done, we won't know

wrappers et. al.They have not indi-

tions, the scrappers found that the

how sound they are.

cated to us what plastic is allowed.

cost of compliance had taken the

US Forest Service:

profit out of their business.

Oral arguments are set to take

By the end of 1993 the

with one further complication. Although she was decommissioned

US, unable to sell the ships, had

in 1996, the US Navy has not as

Federal District Court in Juneau

begun a policy of giving them to

yet officially decided to dispose of

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The Bittern comes

place on Friday, April 24th in the


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Cover photo by Mark Cowart

the high water mark).

Quality Time on Board the Observer The Ritchie Family, Observer 1994, Wichita, Kansas


any of us bemoan the fact that we seem to have

When asked to describe his personal favorite for the trip,

less time to spend with our family and friends.

Hale narrowed it down to two things. “Visually, I think the best part of

This “quality time” is often hard to schedule and

the trip were the majestic waterfalls. We saw two or three of the

even harder to make a reality. With this in mind,

most unbelievable waterfalls I’ve ever seen, including Mist Falls, which

Dean and Barbara Ritchie took matters into their

was very special for me personally. Otherwise, the concentrated time

own hands in June of 1994.

with my family and the fact that the family got along so well with the

“My parents basically bought out the Observer and took all of

crew was my other favorite. It was a real special experience in terms

their sons and daughters, along with their significant others, on a

of quality time. No TV, no phone, no other distractions...just pure

cruise,” said Hale Ritchie, Dean and Barbara’s son.The year before, the

100% quality time. And I caught a 90lb. fish, how can you top that!”

elder Ritchie’s had been aboard the Liseron and knew this was the perfect family vacation idea. “It was for no special occasion per southeast, but they were

“The cruises are of the highest quality in terms of what we did and why we did it. It’s just breathtakingly beautiful, it’s quiet, it’s serene, and yet you can be as active or as inactive as you want.

so impressed they wanted all of us to share in the experience.The

And of course, the food was wonderful and the crew was friendly,

family is older now, and all of us have our own kids.To be honest,

rounding out the experience.”

most of us live in Wichita, but we rarely see each other. We all have

While none of the Ritchie’s have had the opportunity to

different agendas, different friends and different places we go, and we

return to southeast Alaska, Hale’s wife is encouraging him to take his

don’t see each other as often as we should. It’s one of the things that

kids soon. “She’s after me to go back and I’m receptive,” Hale said.

made it so special.This was a way to bring us all back together for a

Hope to see you soon!

concentrated period of time. It was the best trip I think I’ve ever been on...anywhere!” said Hale.

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nticipation and curiosity hold us with the promise of finding a stand of “temple trees,” a

patch of forest whose massive trunks will make us quiver with awe and strain our necks to take in their full stature.We are on a treasure hunt, and we rely on a mixture of science, superstition and stubbornness to find our way.Aerial photos, maps and anecdotal evidence provide clues, but we quickly learn the folly of trusting any of these sources.

Temple Trees of the Tongass Excerpted by permission from DEFENDERS magazine, Spring 1997.

We find that only when one stands in the depth of a forest can one

forest hardly feels transcendental. If

assess its true character.

anything, I am more attuned to the

mon productivity that has been

the forest along Shaheen Creek,

Although the Tongass is

It is the Tongass’s uncom-

the day.This morning we entered

physical than ever. At any moment

its undoing. Everyone treasures

and it became clear that we had

our largest national forest and part

my consciousness flashes to the

the forest, but in profoundly

found our first true temple tree

of the world’s largest intact tem-

itch of a mosquito bite, the sting of

differing and often conflicting ways.

stand, Gigantic widely spaced trunks

perate rainforest, it may be the

newly injected devil’s club thorns,

Common sense dictates that

blocked our view of one another

poorest-mapped of all federal

the cloying dampness between my

the most economically valuable

as we giddily admired the height,

lands. Inventorying its 17 million

toes.The forest floor humps ups up

trees will be harvested before

girth and quality of our specimens.

rugged acres spread over a strip of

and sinks down; it is booby-trapped

the scrubby timber, and Tongass

The trunks were buttressed at the

coast and thousands of islands has

with moss mounds, rotted stumps

logging has followed this pattern.

bottom and tapered quickly, then

proved to be a serious logistical

and slick logs. Each of us in turn

The long-standing process of

climbed straight and smooth

challenge. For the purpose of revis-

is humbled-and the rest are

highgrading – taking the best timber

toward the sky.Winding a tape

ing the Tongass Land Management

entertained-by the experience

first – has resulted in the increasing

around the trunk of the largest tree

Plan, the U.S. Forest Service has

of slipping, tripping, crashing and

rarity of large trees. Nearly 900,000

was a minor engineering feat.The

had to rely on less than ideal maps

bonking one’s head.

acres of the most productive old-

trunk was eight feet in diameter

growth forest in southeast Alaska

and almost 200 feel tall.When we

made from aerial photographs.

It is our second day of

Indeed, in 1993, conservation

field work, and we are in a stand in

have been logged in the last centu-

stopped measuring and sat down

groups concerned about potential

the Staney Creek area.The stand

ry.While highgrading may have

to eat lunch, I had time to enjoy

consequences of using invalid data

centers on a beautiful Sitka spruce,

short-term economic benefits, it

the altered sense of perspective

for planning purposes successfully

but in contrast to its majestic

does serious long-term ecological

such grandeur inspires.

sued the Forest Service over the

stature its surroundings seem

damage.Wildlife biologists have

inaccuracy of its timber inventory

rather pitiful.Wind-thrown logs

found that highly productive (“high

to protect the Tongass now may

map. Although the suit was soundly

create a crisscross obstacle course

volume” to those who equate

be to explore it, to recognize and

based, the forest planning process

on the ground.Twisted cedars and

trees with board feet of lumber)

identify its treasures, to seek out

suffered a severe setback and

hemlocks – smaller and generally

old-growth forest provides critical

and revel in the forest’s temples.”

the problem of inadequate

less stately than spruces – comprise

habitat for many species of wildlife.

information lingered.

most of the understory.We set to

On Prince of Wales our

Evening, on the deck of

The most effective way

Rebecca Braun has worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a field

work measuring our temple tree,

the ship. A pink glow suffuses the

ecologist in the Tongass National

curses penetrate the thick brush.

which has an impressive 170-foot

sky. As the boat makes a slow revo-

Forest. She lives in Juneau,Alaska.

The reality of field work in a rain-

height and 64-inch diameter.

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David Rockefeller, Jr., Scott Nathan, Michael McIntosh

laska Travelers Gather on East Coast

The first week of February found the Alaska Fund for the Future and The Boat Company meeting in Washington D.C. and New York City. Memories were exchanged and guests listened to David Rockefeller Jr. and Michael McIntosh talk about their joint efforts to help small grassroots organizations in Alaska. In Washington, 40 people dined on a salmon dinner at the Sulgrave Club on historic DuPont Circle. Although few guests knew each other beforehand, the evening warmed up quickly with stories of shared boating experiences in Southeast Alaska and a genuine interest in the latest developments in that great state. David, Michael and Scott Nathan (Chairman of AFF) took turns bringing the guests up to date on the two organizations and their continued involvement in Alaskan issues.

Alaska Fund

for the

Future Grants

• $15,000 to the Alaska Clean Water Alliance • $4,000 to the Alaska Discovery Foundation • $1,000 to the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust • $5,000 to the Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation • $10,000 to the Lynn Canal Conservation, Inc. • $10,000 to the Sitka Conservation Society, Inc. • $10,000 to the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council • $5,000 to the Alaska Conservation Foundation for Arctic Network • $5,000 to the Alaska Conservation Foundation • $5,000 to the Gwich'in Steering Committee • $5,000 to the Alaska Wilderness League • $3,000 to the Craighead Environmental Research Institute • $2,000 to The Great Land Trust, Inc. • $10,000 to the Alaska Public Radio Network

A larger group gathered at the New York Yacht Club. Surrounded by historic architecture and magnificent sailboat models,

*As of April 1, 1997

the group watched a short film of Alaska scenes taken by Alaskan photographer Art Wolfe. With a strong contingent of inveterate travelers in the room, much interest was expressed in future opportuni-

The Boat Company Goes Hi-Tech!

ties to further explore Alaska’s waters. David announced the possibility of reenacting the Harriman Expedition – along the Alaskan coast to

While it's not the same as being there, you can learn more than

Siberia and back – in 1999, in celebration of the 100th anniversary

ever about the Boat Company now on the web. Our new website

of that 1899 voyage. Look for more news on that effort in our

will include trip schedules and costs, pictures and descriptions of the

next newsletter.

two vessels, newsletters, our brochure and past articles.There will even be a section for you to ask for more information.The site will be accessible in June; check us out at


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A Fish Tale:

IT HUNTS BY SCENT By Henry W. Hooker Liseron, 1996 Nashville,Tennessee


lice and I had

Indians call Koozoonoohoo (land

the hounds and bird dogs and

gone to south-

of the bears).The next day I was

foxes at the dance who have

east Alaska with

talking to the captain, Steve

taught me so much of the mys-

Joe and Polly

Rieheman, about the halibut, and

tery and magic of the chase."

Murphy to see

he related that it lurks camou-

The captain took our

the icebergs, visit the great

flaged on the bottom waiting for

skiff to his spot, marked in his

Tongass rain forest and cruise

its prey, which it hunts by scent.

mind by ranges of things on the

the inner passage in the domain

Suddenly there were those

far off shores, and we put our

of eagles, humpback whales and

words that have characterized so

bait and sinkers to the bottom

coastal grizzly bears. We were

much of my sporting life,

at about 100 feet. A couple of

on a converted mine sweeper,

whether it be after coyotes, quail

cranks up and I was ready to

the Liseron, which had 19 passen-

or Chanel No.5 luring me to the

begin the long sitting vigil to see

gers and nine crew. Many of the

dance floor. “Hunts by scent?”

what luck there might be. But

easily detected by my quarry

passengers were experienced

said I, as I reminisced about the

today there was a difference. ” It

waiting in the deep. While I was

fishermen, so I naturally made a

great runs, the covey rises, and

hunts by scent," I said to myself

working on this theory for

damn fool out of myself by

so on.

as I systematically began to jig

encouragement, I felt a twinge

my rod up and down to make

on my rod. Was it the change in

telling them the story of the

”I'll go halibut fishing

“ porch fish” Atlantic salmon I

today." I immediately volunteered

my herring move a few inches in

the tide or had some passing

was lucky enough to catch in

and went to rig up in rain suit,

the water with each jig. It was

forager in the kelp had a snack

Iceland years ago.The activities

rubber boots, fishing hat, life pre-

still a sedentary pursuit for me,

on my herring? Very deliberately,

offered by the Liseron were var-

server and polarized glasses.

but I cherished a new hope

so as not to jerk the hook, I

ied and enjoyable until the

”Hunts by scent; hunts by scent”,

because I had heard the secret: ”

raised the tip of my rod to see if

fourth or fifth day when we

kept going through my mind as I

It hunts by scent.” The captain's

I needed to reel in and inspect

went halibut fishing in a small

tried to visualize a great fish chis-

mother, Jane, and Joe Murphy

my bait. As I raised the tip, I felt a

skiff in a cold rain. We were told

eled and changed from prehis-

were in the skiff with me, and

wonderfully encouraging tug and

to lower our lure, a herring, to

toric times into the efficient

Jane soon caught a 25 or so

followed by a mighty pull. My

the bottom at 105 feet or so,

predator of the cold darkness

pound halibut much to the glee

rod bent into an inverted ”U”. I

give it a couple of cranks up, and

and depth of those glacially fed

of all of us. It is good to know for

was holding my rod up but the

then sit.This is a good way to

waters; a dark fish lying on its

sure that they are down there.

tip was pointing straight down at

get hypothermia and bored at

white bottom with one of its

the same time.

eyes moved by evolution into a

asked the captain, ” What is the

the planet earth or is it a big hal-

socket protruding from the top-

best time to catch them?”

ibut?” I wondered.Then it took

were taken back to the ship for

side of its head to watch out

” When the tides change,” he

the line out and there was no

a welcome warm shower and a

above in that kill and be killed,

said. I figured that made sense if

stopping its powerful run. It was

tumbler of whiskey, having had

eat and be eaten, environment

it hunts by scent because the

either a homesick devil or a big

what I supposed would be our

of wondrous beauty and

reversal of the tide would scour

fish. Immediately the captain

first and final experience with

deadly struggle.

up prey from the bottom and

began to coach. ” Don't pull

produce currents to carry the

against it.Take only what it gives

After several hours we

halibut fishing. But not quite.That

” Hunts by scent; hunts

The jigging went on as I

the ocean floor. ” Have I hooked

night we anchored at Mole

by scent;” I thought. ” So I will

scent and change the tempera-

you. Let it tire. Crank when you

Harbor next to the island the

catch it by scent in honor of all

ture to make the scent more

lower and then let it take some

back. Do you need a fighting

economy of motion, the captain

the air. It was very testing for the

belt?" He tried a belt. ”That belt

skillfully placed another harpoon

photographers and competitive

two boats, one of which has

isn't working," (which was bad

in the hell raising fish and sur-

fishermen who were tempted to

been in service for 11 or 12

news considering where I had

veyed it approvingly. ” We'll have

throw their cameras in the water

years and the other four years,

the back end of the handle of

to lash it to the side,” he said,

but restrained themselves and

I think.This was the second or

the rod; it wasn't only the fish

”its too big and too strong and

instead began to chant ” big fish,

third biggest halibut caught by

among things in danger).

too full of fight to put in here

big fish, tip up, tip up," cajoling

them in all this time, as I under-

Nevertheless, I held on and

with us.” ”Suits me,” I said, think-

me with the words from the

stand it, and the largest caught

fought on. ”It must be big,” said

ing how good and free it felt to

Icelandic salmon fishing story

from the Liseron. when the fish

the captain ”real big.” For 40

have the buff of that rod out of

I had told them earlier in

was cut open, we found a pink

minutes or so I fought. ”Hold on,

the juxtaposition it had been in

the voyage.

salmon, my herring, and three

hold on.” I followed instructions

during the fight.

and I held on despite a mind

So, just like The Old

Then the haul chain

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large dungeness crabs inside it.

was put over the side and

It couldn't have done better

wandering to endangered pre-

Man and the Sea, we lashed it to

attached to the fish very careful-

dining at the Savoy at a table by

cious parts.Then, little by little, I

the skiff and started back to the

ly so as to be sure it didn't slip

the window.

worked it closer, ever closer, to

ship. Frankly, I was in a kind of

off and return to the bottom in

the boat.The captain readied the

euphoria, there having been a

an agonizing last minute loss.

harpoon. ”Don't get its head out

very positive attitude adjustment

of the water. Don't let it see you

when that great dark monster

hooked up in series with the

giving sporting toasts and warm

or the boat. It will go crazy when

was finally secured at our side. I

chain and the fish, couldn't be

congratulations. One lady made

it does." I could feel its presence.

knew the captain was radioing

used because they only went to

up a funny story about Lord and

Then I saw its dark hulk as it

ahead and that crew and passen-

two hundred pounds and would

Lady Hooker having a ” Halibot”

glided past the skiff. I had the

gers would be there to take pic-

be broken if my halibut were put

party, always mispronouncing the

sense that this would be the

tures and congratulate us, but I

on them. It was beginning to

fish to rhyme with ” Camelot."

crux, that we must set the har-

supposed the captain said nice

dawn on me what the captain

Alice, true to form, gave every-

poon before something busted

things about every halibut caught

meant when he said “That is a

body all the halibut they wanted.

loose. ”Get ready” I croaked, as I

by one of his passengers. So I sat

really big fish!"

The remaining 80 pounds of hal-

worked it back by and the cap-

there assuming it was no big

tain struck with the harpoon just

deal and enjoyed the ride,

lifted onto the ship, hung, and

blast frozen and FedExed to

as the huge dark halibut saw us

musing over other hunts and

measured. It was six feet and six

Nashville where they arrived

and went crackers. Suddenly I

other rides that somehow led

inches long from its nose to the

before 10:00 A.M. the next day,

saw the white bottom as it

to this place and were part of

middle of its tail. According to

some eight days before we

bucked and rolled. ”HELL NO!”

this adventure.

the charts, that made it 255

made it home.

in halibut language is expressed

The scales, usually

The fish was secured,

As you can imagine, dinner that evening was very festive with the other passengers

ibut steaks were vacuum packed,

Then as we rode along

pounds and 41 years old, exactly

by furious thrashing, roiled water

I noticed the captain stepping up

the number of years I have been

was luck. It was just luck.The

everywhere, and power strokes

to have a look over the side. It

foxhunting. By strange coinci-

kind of luck I love. And as long as

to take it back to the bottom.

seemed every few minutes he

dence or twist of fate, that fish

you are going to have great luck

But the cat-quick captain

would step up and look again

had been waiting for our deci-

it is fun to have some theory

secured the rope from the har-

and then say, ”That is a really big

sive rendezvous the whole time I

that at least you had something

poon. It was just in time. During

fish!" As we neared the ship, I

had been learning to hunt by

to do with it. Like, you can say,

that ocean rodeo, the halibut

could hear them cheering, and I

scent.The mystic connection

”It hunts by scent…so do I.”

had bitten the leader in two and

knew they were taking pictures,

between the hunter and the

would have been gone, irretriev-

but I sat quietly facing the stern.

hunted swept over me.The foe

ably gone, back to its lair were it

Then, as we were a bit before

fought well. Now I would honor

not for the harpoon and rope.

coming alongside, I stood up,

it by telling its story.

Quickly, but with an unhurried

turned, and threw my arms into

It was great fun, but it


Penny From time to time, we will not only focus on current Boat Company employees, but also those from the past. One such memorable team member is Penny Sembric, whom many of you may remember as



Mark Cowart has been with the Boat Company since 1995, when he started as the first mate on the Observer. In 1996 and 1997, he worked

Penny Cerezo. Penny joined the Boat Company in September 1990 as Michael McIntosh's assistant. For a number of years, Penny handled the reservations and database management for the company. "I believed in the Boat Company mission and being able to work for something you believe in makes a big difference." When the Boat Company consolidated its operations in the

as the first mate on the Liseron.This year, Mark will assume responsibility

Seattle office, Penny decided to stay in Florida to be close to her family. "It

for operating the Liseron, moving into Steve Riehemann's shoes as cap-

was hard decision, but my parents are older, I'm married and it was the

tain. (Steve is taking an extended vacation and leave of absence this

right decision for me. I'd still be working for them if they were still in

summer.) "I'm excited about being captain, and a little nervous too. I

Florida!" However, before leaving, she trained Kathy Nissley to take over

think it will be a great experience," Mark said.

her position.

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Mark gained

Currently, Penny works as a grants manager for the Quantum

experience working for two other charter boat companies in Hawaii

Foundation. "Our grant focus is children's education and health, and we

and Prince William Sound before coming to work for us. While he

are now just beginning to work on senior health issues. Once again this is

wasn't familiar with the Boat Company, his plucky spirit brought him

something I believe in, so it's a great position to be in."

on board. "I came to the Boat Company because I saw their ad for a

Penny stays in touch with us – and revisits Alaska from time to

chef. I had my license and wanted to go back to Alaska. While I wasn't

time. Her passion for the state is reflected in her continuing association

looking for a chef's position, I mailed in my resume anyway to see

with the organization. She is one of the Boat Company's biggest boosters.

what other positions might be available. Steve gave me a call, I interviewed and I've been here ever since." Those of you who know Mark are more than likely well aware

On a parting note, Penny had to praise the staff. "The staff at the Boat Company will go out of their way to accommodate your specific needs. I have a very specific diet I follow and the chef created some won-

of his prowess as a halibut fisherman, but he also enjoys snow skiing and

derful meals for me – so good in fact, that I wanted to take her home

traveling. We're happy to have him with us.

with me.They are all great people."


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Guest Quotes

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Michael Messer, 1997 Liseron “A long wide passage with large hills on either side which eventually empties and spreads out, at which point there is a fishing village named Peter's Burg. The air is crisp and the afternoon sun is magnificently bright. The dark clean sea, redefines the color blue. It spills out from Peter's Burg towards the adjacent and extremely distant shattered mountain peaks. Glaciers can be seen here and there. Bald eagles soar the stratosphere and a dark, lush green spruce carpet the surrounding land and fill the day with their color and rich smell. The sea lions, the salmon, humpback whales, the temperate rain forest, the birds, the bears, the deer, the wind, the great clouds which chorus sky piercing mountains, all sing and hale rhymes of life, ancient and new, and whisper in slow fresh breaths…'Alaska'.” This quote was taken from a student, Michael Messer, of New Jersey, who rode the Liseron from Seattle to Juneau in May of '97. He assisted the crew and kept a diary of his experience for future English compositions.

Bill and Jean Pratt, 1996 Observer

Penny Pease, 1997 Observer

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Kensington, Connecticut “There is nothing like the feeling of climbing over a nurse log and successfully avoiding a Devil's Club patch. We were lucky to watch a bear for half an hour across a stream as he was nibbling on grass. Wish I'd had a telephoto lens!"

“May you continue offering these trips for many, many years to come. Your future clients will come to love Alaska as much as we have."

Ann Dilley, 1996 Liseron Grand Rapids, Michigan "The wildlife was spectacular, especially our wondrous experience with a mother Humpback whale and her calf! I still get goosebumps when I think of it."

Barbara Parker, 1997 Observer Worton, Maryland “You might, by the way, warn people how magnificent the trip will really be. I was expecting ‘great’ and landed in the middle of ‘breathtaking.’ I'm just glad I have a strong heart!”

SURPRISE! Early in the season the crew decided to scare Jane, the chef, who is the first up in the morning to start the coffee (5am). She would open the reefer and jump at the sight of one of these “dressed-up” rock fish. As the season wore on the crew continued to refine their artistry celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and guest celebrations!


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Tongass Reflections

by Bonnie Dawson, 1997 Liseron ‘96,’97 Champaign, Illinois

In a tiny town, With a mountain crown, People gather as in comes the tide. To board a boat, And join a float, In a land where eagles glide. The air is cool, As is the rule For Alaska, in rain forest land

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Here is our goal, To restore our soul, Where the sky takes the sea by the hand. We all come here, From far and near, To a place that is quiet, yet bold. This haven remains... Through the ages maintains Nature’s mystery, for all to behold. How lucky are we, Who wander so free, From our lives filled with pressures and stress. To rest a while, In a gentle style, As if by heaven we’re blessed. We leave without care, Into the clear air, Our comfort and safety’s secure. Our every need, The crew will heed, Our journey’s sweet dreams to insure. Our days are fulfilled, Our hearts are thrilled, With fishing and hiking and talk. To rest or play, Each is our day, No demands interrupt this our walk. Lives intertwine, With moments sublime, New friendships are spawned in this nest. Where else can we meet, That is so complete, Where nature brings man to his best. We must hold dear, What brought us here, The lure of a land without time. As we protect, And pledge respect, To this haven of wildlife and pine. Here life breaths free On land and sea, As it did when the world began. And so we abide, As along we ride, Here in nature’s eternal hand.

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Recipes From Alaskan Waters Salmon or Halibut in Parchment

Baked Halibut with Garlic and Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffing

Lay out a 12� square of parchment paper. Place filet on half of it Drizzle with olive oil Sprinkle some herbs (thyme or dill or Italian mix) Drizzle some white wine and lemon juice Sprinkle with salt and pepper Bring other half of parchment over filet and crimp edges closed to seal in moisture as it cooks. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Place cookie sheet in oven to absorb heat. When oven reaches temperature, place parchment packet on cookie sheet. Should bake about 10 minutes

6 heads of garlic or 1/2 cup minced prepared garlic 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil 1 shallot, finely minced 1t thyme 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1t fresh lemon juice salt and pepper to taste 2 lemons 4 fresh boned halibut steaks

Grilled Salmon with Barbecue Sauce 1/2 pound unsalted butter 2 garlic cloves 1/4 cup soy sauce 2T yellow or Dijon mustard 1T Worcestershire sauce 2t ketchup Combine in saucepan, simmer until butter melts, about 15 minutes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Combine garlic, tomatoes, shallot, thyme Stir in bread crumbs, lemon juice Season with salt and pepper Oil shallow baking dish and line with lemon slices Cut horizontal slash in each halibut steak, slicing almost in half Spread stuffing in middle of slice Place on top of lemon slices Brush with olive oil Season with salt and pepper Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until fish is opaque

Alaskan Seafood Products Update: We are in the process of arranging, with the Great Alaskan Seafood Company, to make available to our guests an array of seafood products (i.e. salmon-smoked, loxed and fresh filets and/or steaks, halibut, dungeoness crab-whole or meat only, and shrimp-prawns). All these products are natural. It is worth noting that most of the shrimp and salmon we eat these days is farm raised.Although this has been the case with Atlantic salmon for some time, it is increasingly becoming so for "Pacific" (Chile) and "Pacific Northwest" (British Columbia) salmon as well. The products will probably be packed in the same kind of cartons we use on our boats.The shrimp and crab could be in short supply so, if any of you have an interest, you might let us know ahead of time.

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