A great connection to some past history of the B
Time: 1226 Position: 48 45.25N 122 30.26W I just go a call the other night from the woman who truly saved the David B. The story as she told it goes like this:
In 1952 the owner of the David B left it sitting alongside of one of their buildings, on a set of marine ways in Bristol Bay, AK. The following spring the boat was no longer necessary for it’s former duty, because the fishing regulations changed. It went unused until 1980 or so, when Patricia and her (now husband) Vern decided to try to save it. She corked and filled the seams, painted the bottom, and then set about dragging the B back to the water. The water’s edge was quite a ways away because in the almost 30 years that had passed, the river had changed course. They used rollers, jacks, a truck with a winch and finally a D8 caterpiller tractor to move it far enough down the beach that it would float at high tide.
After it floated, they hired a barge to take it to Seattle, where 18 years later we came into the story. It was amazing talking to her. I learned a lot and got the history (finally) from the actual source.
More pictures are possibly coming soon