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Working on the Edge: Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas

 
 
 
 
Working on the Edge: Surviving In the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas
Author: Spike Walker
ISBN 13: 9780312089245
ISBN 10: 312089244
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 1993-03-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 279
List Price: $17.99
 
 

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.