Working on the Edge

Working on the Edge

Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession, King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas

Book - 1993
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No profession pits man against nature more brutally than king crab fishing in the frigid, unpredictable waters of the Bering Sea. The yearly death toll is staggering (forty-two men in 1988 alone); the conditions are beyond most imaginations (90-mph Arctic winds, 25-foot seas, and super-human stretches of on-deck labor); but the payback, if one survives can be tens of thousands of dollars for a month-long season.

In a breathtaking, action-packed account that combines his personal story with the stories of survivors of the industry's most harrowing disasters, Spike Walker re-creates the boom years of Alaskan crab fishing--a modern-day gold rush that drew hundreds of fortune-and adventure-hunters to Alaska's dangerous waters--and the crash that followed.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780312089245
Characteristics: xxiii, 279 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm


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