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Giving the Finger: Risking It All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea

Giving the Finger: Risking It All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea


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Part documentary, part reality-television, the story of the Deadliest Catch's Alaskan crab fishermen risking their lives in the Bering Sea to make a buck and feed their families has captivated the world. Giving the Finger follows the life of the spirited young captain who has emerged as one of the most talked-about figures on the show, Scott Campbell Jr., who leads the crew of the Seabrooke. As this book—a prequel to Junior's ascent to fame—shows, the trials of crabbing are not limited to living at sea and working the most dangerous job on the planet, but carry over to family and friends, and are usually stormier than the Bering. Junior began his life as a fisherman in the shadow of his father, Scott Campbell Sr., and has struggled consistently to gain his own reputation as a captain. Arguably, one of the best fishermen working the waters today, Campbell Jr. has certainly done that, but not without sacrifice, of all sorts. Campbell has divorced and re-married the same woman three times, endured handicapping injuries and lost crew members to the icy waters of the north. Giving the Finger gives a first person account of these losses and the everyday fight for life and love, and shows that by hard work and perseverance, even a kid from Walla Walla, Washington, can become a star.

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ISBN-13: 9780762791316
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Captain Scott Campbell, a.k.a. Junior, was just 26 when he captained his first boat, he's been at the helm of the Seabrooke for more than ten years, turning the vessel into one of the top producers in the fleet. Living and working by his motto of "never be satisfied," Junior is always looking for innovative ways to catch crab. Writer Jim Ruland is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Boatswain's Mate and traveled all over the Western Pacific. He has won numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his story "Homeward Bound" was the winner of the Reader's Digest 2012 Life Story contest.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dead in the Water 1

Chapter 2 Protected Waters 9

Chapter 3 Skipper's Son 35

Chapter 4 Farmer's Daughter 57

Chapter 5 The Colonel 75

Chapter 6 Dutch Harbor Nights 97

Chapter 7 Canned 121

Chapter 8 Down to the Bone 137

Chapter 9 The Seabrooke 153

Chapter 10 The Godfathers 171

Chapter 11 A New Era 189

Chapter 12 Over the Side 209

Chapter 13 The Journey Out Is the Journey In 225

Chapter 14 The Next Chapter 237

Acknowledgments 247

Index 249

About the Author 256

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