Blowing Out the Stink—a fisherman’s phrase for doing laundry at sea—tells the story of the lumber and cod schooner Wawona and the quirky adventures of her captains and crews in the North Pacific. Learn about the the innovations of Wawona’s builder, H.D. Bendixsen. Capt. Ralph E. “Matt” Peasley, “the big overgrown kid,” became the most famous ship captain in America. Capt. Charles Foss called on the heavens for a breeze by wearing his wife’s hats. And the crew caught hundreds of tons of cod in the stormy Bering Sea while secretly fermenting shipboard wine with canned fruit and sourdough starter. First published in 2006 as the award-winning Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona, Blowing Out the Stink features detailed illustrations, historical photographs, and great stories, Blowing Out the Stink recreates a world that ended with the last sailing ships and updates readers on the ultimate fate of Wawona.
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About the Author
I've loved science fiction ever since I wrote my first Star Trek fanfic story at age 12. Now, I'm pursuing my dream of writing science fiction novels, but with a modern emphasis on our planet's changing climate. I'm working on a series of novels titled Carbon Run, Restoration, and Antarctica 2261. I hope to publish these by 2017. I've already published a young adult novel, titled Bet: Stowaway Daughter, based on my research into the history of the schooner Wawona. I've told the ship's story in Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona, and the ebook Blowing Out the Stink: Life on a Lumber and Cod Schooner 1897-1947. My interest in maritime history spurred me to publish two travel guides: The Fyddeye Guide to America's Maritime History, and The Fyddeye Guide to America's Lighthouses. I've also written three books on streaming media. I live in Seattle with my wife, a chicken, and a weakness for anything with too much sugar.