Precipitous fall of an industry which has an occupational mortality rate 20 times that of the coal mining industry Working conditions were frightful Crewmen had "TO MUSCLE 750 LB CRAB POTS " muscle 750 lb crab pots icy decks in 40 80 knot winds with seas often running over 30 feet They were constantly drenched with frigid water for periods of up to 40 HOURS WITH NO REST THE REWARDS HOWEVER WERE EXTRAORDINARY with no rest The rewards however were extraordinary the late 70 s the king crab population simply exploded In the peak ear of 1980 the 130000000 lb uota was filled in 29 days by some 230 crab Boats A Record High a record high regular crewman pulling the standard full share of 7% of the boat s take might top 50000 for those 29 days He or she could then go on to fish for tanner crab and pull in additional enormous sumsWalker was lucky He had been working in the timber industry got tired and heard they were hiring up in Alaska He was a strong worker and despite a predilection for seasickness Learned to love the hard work In fact when back in the lower 48 for a visit he was disgusted to find people whose only desire was to get out of work He couldn t wait to get back to Alaska and its raw living on the edge Raw living it was Bar house brawls were common and the vast amounts of cash attracted enormous amounts of cocaine By the 1981 season however only 28000000 lbs were taken and in 1983 the season was totally closed It was determined that crabs had succumbed to a disease that was making the majority of females sterileIn between descriptions of how one baits a crab pot and the relative merits of various crew mates Walker peppers his book with vivid descriptions of calamities and near deaths at sea He interviewed many of these survivors for the book and his retelling is spell binding From September 1982 through September I983 68 vessels sank in Alaskan waters with 46 crewmen killed Storms were ubiuitous and particularly vicious You gotta be nuts Great account for us Walter Mitty. Survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters Spike Walker re creates the boom ears of Alaskan crab fishing a modern day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune and adventure hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters and the crash that follow.
Spike Walker ✓ 5 Free downloadSpike Walker brought the dangerous seas to lifeor death as it were By the middle of the book it was like Spike and I were sitting at a pub and him telling his story Knowing the crab fishing industry was tough did NOTHING to prepare this reader for the seemingly daily struggle for life itself From trying to obtain a paying jig to live through a sinking ship Spike scared me far from the decks of any such vessel The loss of life makes me reconsider my own food value thoughts That is if so many must die what is the true cost to eating that crab What was Spike s next adventure like He did the canoe thing in the Yukon What a guy Before I started reading this book I must admit that I entertained thoughts of some day trying my hand at crab fishing In fact my boyfriend mentioned off hand that there was a crab boat looking for some crew members in town Florence OR a couple weeks ago I was perturbed that he hadn t mentioned it earlier because the crab season was already underway and the position was long filled Then I picked up this book Spike Walker writes about his experiences crab fishing out of Kodiak and Dutch Harbor during the crab boom of the 70s His description of life aboard the boat and the work involved sucks ou in He s a great writer He also includes accounts of tragedies that happened during those Matrimonio a la Fuerza (Saga Londres, years Some of the stories go from bad to worse and whenou think nothing else could go wrong mother nature throws something else into the mix It definitely turned me off of beating the docks go wrong mother nature throws something else into the mix It definitely turned me off of beating the docks I also gained a respect for those that chose that profession It s definitely a great read To maximize the sensation of coldness and wetness while reading Spike Walker s Working on the Edge ou should really listen to Ralph Vaughn Williams Antarctic Symphony It captures the loneliness hard work and intense cold of the crab industry off Alaska s Bering Strait shores Walker s book is about the meteoric rise and. Winds 25 foot seas and super human stretches of on deck labor; but the payback if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month long seasonIn a breathtaking action packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of. I don t want to write a review cause I already had to write a bunch of stuff about this for school Basically it had good writing but I would not recommend this unless ou are incredibly interested in king crab fishing in Alaska would not recommend this unless Thunder Voice (Sam Keaton: Legends of Laramie you are incredibly interested in king crab fishing in Alaska callsI spent a number ofears working boats in Alaska and this brought back some frighting memories and terror on some of the voyages and psychotic captains I worked with I am glad I did it but thinking back
a married man with what was I thinking to risk it all Since I have but thinking back as a married man with family what was I thinking to risk it all Since I have some of the Deadliest Catch I was interested in reading this book and learning about king crab fishing I did enjoy reading Spike s adventures and gaining a better understanding about the lives of crab fishermena very dangerous and somewhat sad life Caution for Rebelde Rendición (Saga Londres, younger readers I took a couple stars off because of language and what I consider inappropriate topicshappenings Excellent book I could tell the great ammount of research that Spike put into his books The accounts of the fishermen involved are unforgetable He is a great writer and really did his experiences justice with his descriptions I got a little tired of the constant re hashing of boatspeople going down I m of aes stuff happens but how does it make Wretched Moments you FEEL kinda reader It was a good book I will probably end up reading the rest of his too This book was absolutely riveting Amazing I would recommend this book to everyone I have been a fan of Discovery channel s Deadliest Catch since it began airing 4ears ago This book like the Deadliest Catch tv show gives every reader such a respect for the harding working men and women in the Alaskan Bering Sea I will always gladly pay a high price for crab knowing exactly how it came to me Walker s book provides a first hand insight into the Alaskan crab fishing industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s long before The Deadliest Catch Discovery documentary series Personal ta. No profession pits man against nature brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea The early death toll is staggering forty two men in 1988 alone; the conditions are beyond most imaginations 90 mph Arctic.As A Married Man With