Tim Troll and his traveling exhibit titled “Sailing for Salmon” is coming to Blaine. The interpretive exhibit chronicles the history of Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon sailboat fishery that spanned nearly 70 years from 1884 to 1951 and will be on display beginning Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, and will run throughout the summer season at the APA Salmon Cannery Museum’s annex building.
“Sailing for Salmon” is a nostalgic look back at the heyday of cannery operations through photographs and recollections to the sailboat days, a time when these salmon were harvested by hand – a time still within living memory. These sailboats, called Bristol Bay double-enders, were well crafted and beautiful.
The Bristol Bay commercial fishery has changed much since then, but the sailboat remains the iconic image of a fishery born on the wind.
Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM) will display the “Sailing for Salmon” interpretive panels in the building across the patio from the APA Salmon Cannery Museum.
DHM will kick-start the exhibit with an event featuring short films and stories of cannery life, as well as a presentation by Troll and an update on the restoration progress and future plans for the Diamond NN No. 59 Bristol Bay sailboat. The general public is invited to attend the kick-off Friday, May 24 at 5 p.m. at the Cannery Lodge building.
Troll’s exhibit will be open the same hours as the APA Museum throughout the summer: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
The APA Museum will be open on Memorial Day from 1 to 5 p.m.