William B. McCloskey


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Japan: Captain Kenichi Nihon-Yanagi and his five crewmen from relatively poor Amori Province come annually to Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido for a June through November set-net season targeting chum salmon. They bunk together ashore (sleeping on mats semi-dormitory but with color TV) with the captain's wife as cook.

New Zealand, Greymouth: A bluefin tuna weighing over 300 pounds, bound for lucrative Japan market, readied for icing after only minutes' struggle on handline. Quick capture insures sashimi grade meat unspoiled by interior heat. A Japanese inspector ashore determines quality. Grade One fish brings hundreds of dollars more than a lesser grade.

India, Madras: Morning catches from two-man log catamarans in the Bay of Bengal are sold immediately at a beachside market. Village needs are necessarily modest.

Indonesia, Brandong facing Java Sea: Fishermen from a large-crew open boat bring red snapper ashore for auction. They may be barefoot, but one wears a cap with logo from a larger world.

Indonesia, Pakalongen: Java Sea fishermen aboard a 15-crew longliner out for two weeks at a time merrily clown for the camera in their tight berthing space.

Selected Works

(New manuscript unpublished)
Older "Highliners Trilogy" characters (including Japanese) end of WWII as they enter the Alaskan fisheries.
(in print 1979-2006, all rights returned)
Alaska commercial fishermen for crab, salmon, halibut. Re Kirkus: "Raw and bracing as icy seawater"
(novella stowaways and short stories)
Stowaways, Ice of March Month, Toiletpaper Sopa etc.
Seafarers–merchant seamen, sealers, military–face challenges to their personal and national loyalties.

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