After the Galaxy

Captain Dave Shoemaker's account of the crisis on the Fishing Vessel Galaxy ranks as one of the great stories of sea survival. No one knew of the plight of his vessel, 30 miles southwest of the Pribilofs, the remote fur seal islands north of the Aleutian Chain; even if they did know, rescue units were hours away. Their circumstance was hopeless, yet 23 of 26 men and women would ultimately survive. More

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About John Sabella

John Sabella has 30 years of media experience in newspapers, radio, magazines and video production. His documentaries on Pacific Northwest and Alaska history, the region’s maritime industries, and the lifestyle and culture of its coastal communities represent a significant contribution to regional lore. His work appears regularly on public television and is widely distributed on DVD and via Internet streaming. The author of numerous books, articles and video scripts, he remains a frequent contributor to trade publications and the general media on business issues, personalities and the environment. He remains personally involved in all of his firm’s creative endeavors.

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Lessons from the Galaxy: Tragedy and Courage on the Bering Sea
It was just another day at the office on the Bering Sea on the afternoon of October 20, 2002, with 20-foot seas and 30-knot winds. There were 25 men and a woman aboard the 190-foot freezer longliner Galaxy when the crew detected smoke on multiple decks. Within four minutes, the first violent explosion rocked the vessel and blew three members of the starboard fire team into the frigid water.

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