A friend of mine, Jake Everich, sent me these photos that he took over the summer. All the shots are from Alaska. I don’t know where. Jake used to fish out of Point Judith, Rhode Island. He’s from Rhode Island. But Alaska has taken him–another New Englander gone to the West Coast. Too much beauty out there for me. But I hear people love it. Mountains running straight into the sea, pine trees, eagles. Right now Jake is heading for Kodiak. He got a mate’s job on a boat up there, pollock and cod in the winter, halibut in the spring. He’ll be one of the youngest guy on board, that’s my guess. He’s only 22 or 23. And a mate’s site! Good for him. He’ll be running a boat soon. That’s what his father does. Jake also is a writer–he’s done work for the magazine, Commercial Fisheries News. We’ll be hearing from this guy, in one form or another.
I don’t know much about the boats in the photos, except that I like them. I love the old eastern rig, Maine built, still working up in Alaska. I’m guessing that made Jake happy, seeing her alongside the steel West Coast rigs. And the shot of the dragger steaming into the metallic sea, her nose going in, throwing water. Nice.