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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wawona Photo in NOAA Article; East Africa Maritime Heritage Conference

A photo of the 1897 lumber and fishing schooner Wawona is published in the current issue of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report [link] Wawona fished for cod in the Bering Sea from 1913 to 1947, except for the war years. She is now at South Lake Union Park in Seattle, though in poor and worsening condition. Here's her listing in Maritime Heritage Network. [link]

MHN received a note from Paul Lane, director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, announcing a maritime heritage conference at Stone Town, Zanzibar in July 2006. "The aims of this conference are to examine the maritime heritage, cultural traditions and historical trajectory of the various populations bordering the Western Indian Ocean, from Somalia in the north to South Africa and Madagascar in the south, and including the various offshore islands – such as the Seychelles, Comores, Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia – and to compare and contrast these with other maritime regions and cultures, including those of other sections of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, and Western Atlantic fringe," the announcement says. For more information, e-mail Prof. Lane at or visit the Institute website at


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