Sinking of F/V Scandies Rose

He knew from training that he typically took a medium. He grabbed a bigger size, green in color, to make sure he could put it on quickly.

Okey, how many survival suits do they have onboard? And do they not train before the start of every trip?

Unless you include WSF collisions.

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Green doen’t seem like the best color for a survival suit.

The bags are color-coded as to size. The suits are all orange.
Green bag= Extra large
Orange bag=Universal/adult
Yellow bag=small adult.

Thanks. That makes more sense. I’ve only seen the orange bags.


Cobban’s ex-girlfriend, Jeri Lynn Smith, told the Anchorage Daily News that he called her in North Carolina about two hours before the boat sank to wish her a happy new year. “When I talked to him, he told me the boat was icing and it had a list to it, but he didn’t sound alarmed. He didn’t sound scared,” Smith said. “The boat ices. The boat ices every winter. It’s just something they deal with. I didn’t worry about it.”

It’s always frickin’ ice *shudder*

I’d like to see the vessels track and exactly where it sank.

Hugging the shore on the west side of Shelikof Strait can quickly make a lot of ice because cold katabatic winds come screaming down over the glaciers and snow covered mountains.

However, staying off from the shore makes a lot less ice.

But with 195 crab pots stacked up and collecting ice up high off the deck, the righting arm could diminish rather quickly.

I have to wonder if some other factor like a flooded steering compartment, or a pump failure and slack tanks didn’t also contribute to loss of stability.

She was a big able boat with a very experienced crew that knew the boat well.

Of course the same can be said for many of the other crab boats that have been lost over the years.


Most people, including myself (post #12), are theorizing ice was the cause. But perhaps we should keep an open mind. The worst crab boat disaster in recent history was not caused by icing, but rather by an open watertight door:

ARCTIC ROSE wasn’t a crab boat, she was a trawler with a factory.

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Thanks for correcting me.

Imagine how [aircraft] pilots feel about it…sea pilots as well, I suppose. It’s a long step either way.

those crab boats are flat bottom tubs arent they?


On the TV Deadleist Catch show I have seen one on the land blocked up, flat bottom barge and several times when it shows under the engine/gearbox/shaft with water in the bilge the bilge is tight there as in flat bottom?
whats the draft?

Sinking below MEA with a load of ice and a blaring stall warning horn over the San Jacinto mountains convinced to give up flying small aircraft lacking de-icing equipment.

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From…'88 refit.

flat bottom barge with some cutouts for the props…
freeboard greater than the draft…
Not a design to go out in rough seas

It’s a lot different from some of the up to ?100? foot crabber hulls I was looking at on a broker site. Time Bandit is on there but unfortunately no underbody images.

A lot of the boats do have flat bottoms but take a look at some of the MARCO built boats (Sea Star, Northwestern) and their hull shapes are much deeper with actual keels.


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