July 26, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 30

Yesterday's News

July 28, 1982 - Max Haube, Rose Haube and John Silva Sr. were given the honorary title of Parade Grand Marshals during the past 4th of July in Petersburg. The honor was fitting, as both men are considered pioneers in the Petersburg fishing industry. Born in 1885, John Silva recently celebrated his 97th birthday, allowing him to lay claim to being the oldest man in Petersburg. John came to Petersburg from Wrangell in 1918, and was employed by Alaska Glacier Seafood and P.F.I. for 38 years. His wife Maria was employed by the same firms for 20 years. The couple has 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
A steam boat docked at Petersburg along the Narrows, dated 1915.

Max Haube first came to Alaska in 1930 and arrived in Petersburg in 1935, where he took a job with the Scow Bay Packing Co. During Max’s tenure in Petersburg he has seen employment with Petersburg Fisheries, Petersburg Cold Storage and for two years he even operated his own logging camp in the Petersburg area around 1964-1965.

July 30, 1992 - Alaska fishermen this year harvested more than 350 million pounds of tanner crab, state fish and game officials said today. Although this year’s haul was a good one, it does not beat last year’s record of 370.6 million pounds, said Herman Savikko, statewide catch statistician for the Department of Fish and Game.

More than 315 million pounds of C. opilio tanner, or snow crab, and 36 million pounds of C. bairdi, or tanner crab were harvested during the 1992 season. The bulk of the catch was made by Bering Sea crabbers, Savikko said, while “the loose change” was harvested in Southeast Alaska.

Crabbers this year received about 50 cents a pound for snow crab and about $1.60 for tanner crab, said Al Spalinger, a shellfish biologist in the agency’s Kodiak office.

July 25, 2002 - After several unsuccessful attempts by fishermen, a humpback whale badly tangled in crab pot lines was freed by crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Anacapa Sunday afternoon.

Phil Smith a commercial crabber from California watched the whale become entangled in the line Saturday morning in shallow water.

According to the USCG press release, the whale was tired after at least 24 hours of being disabled, held partially underwater by the crap pot lines, unable to dive. The crew made about ten tries to free the whale with a boat hook. When that proved unsuccessful, they tied a knife to the hook.

With the knife, the crew was able to either cut or weaken the line in several places.

“Once we cut the line, you could tell the weight was holding the tail down. We cut and backed away, and then the whale kind of took off, gave a real quick flick of its tail and broke the rest of the line, and it took off real fast, and we never saw it after that,” the crew member stated.

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