The FV Cornelia Marie (CM) finished a 64 day salmon tendering contract on August 17th. Once again, the Skipper for salmon tendering was Jerry Meals and the deckhands this year were Colton Meals, Mark Wicks, Boris Roderiguiz and Casey Arcin. Overall, the salmon season went well for the Cornelia Marie and crew. The crew had some time to do repairs and maintenance on the boat such as replacing lights. The season started in Bristol Bay and finished in Prince William Sound. All total, the CM loaded on nearly two million pounds of salmon. She is now back in her home port of Kodiak, Alaska.
The summer ended with a FV Cornelia Marie presence at the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival (CFF). The festival was a lot of fun with many fishermen from the “Deadliest Catch” attending. The FV Time Bandit was represented by Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand and his son Scott. Also, there was the Time Bandit’s newest deckhand – Ryan Simpson. Ryan is no greenhorn, but rather an experienced deckhand who spent many years on the deck of the Cornelia Marie. The FV Northwestern was represented by Matt Bradley. I got to know Matt and his wife and had a great time with them. The Cornelia Marie booth had Jake Jolibois and Todd Stanley. You may know Jake as a deckhand on the FV Kodiak for many years but recently has been helping out with the CM. Todd Stanley made his first appearance at a Commercial Fishermens Festival and had a great time. He was on hand to share some of his photographs and stories of the countless hours he spent with Capt. Phil in the wheelhouse of the Cornelia Marie. Also, on hand was Capt. Harry Lewis from past appearances with the FV Incentive.
One of the highlights of the festival for me was hearing Capt. Rick and Donna Quashnick tell stories about Capt. Phil. The Quashnicks were very close to Phil because the FV Cornelia Marie and the FV Maverick were partner boats for 20 years. The Quashnicks continue to own and operate the FV Maverick during the summer.
Thank you to the organizers such as Elizabeth McMaster, Cyndi Mudge and our good CM friends, Rick and Donna Quashnick. Special thanks to the Pilot House, one of the coolest places on the West Coast. Of course, it would not be a festival without the folks who attended and brought all their love for the fishermen. It was great to meet so many supporters of the Cornelia Marie. From the “Pirates” to the gals who kept Mr. Stanley out too late at Mary Todd’s – you know who you are. Thanks for the good times!
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