Oregon fishboats, and the fishermen who work on them, have been a mainstay of the Northwest. In The World of the Oregon Fishboat, Janet Gilmore describes life in the Coos Bay community of Charleston, based upon her years of interviewing and research. She recounts a precarious lifestyle, but one filled with tradition. She records a way of life as it was in the late 1970s—focused on the fisherman’s vessel—which served as vehicle, shelter, home, and companion. Now, Gilmore notes, that way of life is dramatically changing, and in the process, the fishboats used by Oregon’s commercial fishermen are also changing. The World of the Oregon Fishboat is both an elegant record of an important aspect of twentieth century American life and a compassionate plea to understand a world of work that many rarely contemplate. Originally published in a limited cloth edition in 1986, this reissue brings an important and lively book to a wider audience.
Photographs / illustrations / maps / index / 285 pages (1999)