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The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries   By: (1876-1960)

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[Illustration: STRIPPING COD AT SEA ON A WINTER MORNING.

Fisheries Bureau Spawn taker aboard a trawler. Note the snow on the rail, the frozen spray on the mast, and the ice on the rigging.

Courtesy of the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. ]

U. S. SERVICE SERIES.

THE BOY WITH THE U. S. FISHERIES

BY

FRANCIS ROLT WHEELER

With Fifty one Illustrations, principally from Bureaus of the United States Government

BOSTON LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

Published, November, 1912

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

All rights reserved

THE BOY WITH THE U. S. FISHERIES

Norwood Press BERWICK AND SMITH CO. Norwood, Mass. U. S. A.

To My Son Roger's Friend

COLIN McLACHLIN

PREFACE

Treasure ships, bearing richer cargoes than any galleons that crossed the Spanish Main, still sail over the ocean to day, but we call them fishing smacks; heroism equal to that of any of the pioneer navigators of old still is found beneath oilskins and a sou'wester, but the heroes give their lives to gain food for the world instead of knowledge; and the thrilling quest of piercing the mysteries of life has no greater fascination than when it seeks to probe the unfathomed depths of that great mistress of mysteries the Ocean. Just as to save life is greater than to destroy it, so is the true savior of the seas the Fisheries craft, not the battleship; so is the hatchery mightier than the fortress, the net or the microscope a more powerful weapon for good than the torpedo or the Nordenfeldt.

The Bureau of Fisheries for the United States Government, Mr. Chas. Frederick Holder and his associates for the anglers of America, and the sturdy and honorable class of commercial fishermen are raising to the utmost of dignity and value one of the oldest and greatest of all industries. Not till the waste of waters is tamed as has been the wilderness of land will their work be done, and the Fisheries Bureau must ever remain in the forefront of such endeavor. To reveal the incalculable riches of this vast domain of rivers, lakes, and seas; to show the devotion of those whose lives are spent amid its elemental perils and to point out a way where courage, skill, and youth may find a road to serve America and all the world beside, is the aim and purpose of

THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE MAROONED BY A WHALE 1

CHAPTER II THE FIGHT OF THE OLD BULL SEALS 39

CHAPTER III ATTACKED BY JAPANESE POACHERS 75

CHAPTER IV CATCHING THE SEA SERPENT 112

CHAPTER V CLUTCHED BY A HORROR OF THE DEEP 152

CHAPTER VI DEFEATED BY A SPOTTED MORAY 195

CHAPTER VII HARPOONING A GIANT SEA VAMPIRE 234

CHAPTER VIII FINDING A FORTUNE IN A PEARL 278

CHAPTER IX A TUSSLE WITH THE MONARCH OF THE SEA 314

CHAPTER X RUN DOWN DURING A SQUALL 359

ILLUSTRATIONS

Stripping Cod at Sea on a Winter Morning Frontispiece

Whale Harpoon Gun Loaded } FACING PAGE Finback Whale Being Struck } 14

Finback Whale Sounding } Lancing Finback } 28 Pumping Carcass with Air } Dead Finback Set Adrift }

Spearing Seals at Sea 46

Holluschickie Hauling Up } 64 Old Bull Seals Fighting }

Bull Fur Seal Charging } 78 Snapshotting an Old Beachmaster }

Haul of Herring at Gastineau Channel, Alaska 90

Typical Seal Rookery Half Abandoned 102

Native Salmon Trap } 116 Modern Salmon Trap }

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