Harrington Shares Stories of the Aleutians at Maritime Museum Annual Meeting


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The Kodiak Maritime Museum held its annual meeting last week, and Executive Director Toby Sullivan said it was the largest turnout he’s ever seen. About 50 people gathered in the conference room at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center downtown for an update on the organization’s finances and a slideshow by Kodiak fisherman Bill Harrington, who escorted three yachts from here to Japan this summer.

(Maritime 1 45 sec "These fancy yachts … went on to Osaka.")

The three yachts stopped off on several of the islands on the Aleutian Chain, including Atka, where they visited the site where a World War II bomber was forced to crash land:

(Maritime 2 38 sec "Yeah, that’s a B-24 that … it still looks good.")

Aldona Kouremetis (core-met-iss) is the president of the board of the Kodiak Maritime Museum. She said after the meeting that the organization is "doing great."

(Maritime 3 25 sec "Toby Sullivan, our executive … community has been super.")

The museum would like to build a display for the 38-foot fishing vessel Thelma C, a fishing boat built with disaster relief money following the 1964 Earthquake and tsunami. Sullivan said it may be the last of its kind, and the museum hopes to put the interpretive display somewhere near the downtown boat harbor, perhaps near Oscar’s Dock.

Kouremetis said the museum’s other big annual event, "Tastes and Tales of the Sea," will be on May 1st:

(Maritime 4 20 sec "And our speaker will be Timothy Smith … a young boy.")

At last week’s annual meeting, board members Debra Davis and Robbie Hoedel (ho-dell) were re-elected to three-year terms.


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