Remember when the F/V Aleutian Ballad was broadsided by a 60′ rogue wave in “Deadliest Catch” season 2? You may be interested in knowing that she’s been fishing in a slightly safer manner for the last year. After many months of retro-fitting the Aleutian Ballad for a new twist in her long career as a crab fishing vessel, and after completing the first few months of her new life as a fishing vessel for tourists, owners David and Danene Lethin are happy to say that they’ve had an overwhelming response of interest! They and the crew had an exciting year sharing their allure and fascination of the sea, with people from all over.
(Photo courtesy of 56 Degrees North)
Not only have they received local recognition for what they’ve accomplished, the acclaim has come from regional and national sources as well. There have been several articles in Alaskan journals such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce, not to mention the cover story in the National Fisherman’s Journal just a couple of months ago.
At this time, the Aleutian Ballad is tied up for the winter and in April will head back up to Ketchikan, Alaska to start the 2008 tourist season. According to the Lethins, sharing their lifestyle and fishing stories has been the best experience ever! What with over 75 years experience between the crew, that’s alot of stories!
If you’ve never checked out the Aleutian Ballad’s website, please do, and read up on all the details of their fishing trips. You never know, it may be just the thing for you!