The Union was established in November 1912 as this nation crept toward its involvement in World War I.  Fleets of dories were carried to the fishing grounds on the decks of steamers and the work of fishing was not only difficult but very dangerous.

As the fishery developed, the new “schooner fleet” began to displace the dories and steamers.  These fishing vessels were Northwestern hybrids that melded the design of Gloucester-style schooners and the Norwegian fishing sailboat.  By the 1930’s, the utility of this design, its remarkable safety and seaworthiness were all well known.  The efficiency and environmental friendliness of hauling longline gear directly from the decks of these vessels was established. The halibut/sablefish fishery has continued to evolve setting the standard for the professional handling of the boats, gear and fish.


Extensive information on the history of our Union is now available in a beautiful coffee table book titled "One Hook at a Time: The History of the Deep Sea Fishermen's Union". It was published by Documentary Media, a well-known and respected publishing house in Seattle, Washington. It was printed using the Union printing house, Reynolds DeWalt from New Bedford, Massachusetts. It is 100% MADE IN THE U.S.A. Originally written by Jeff Kahrs, with additional material by Barry Provose of Documentary Media, many hours of research by Thomas Samuelsen, as well as edits, rewrites and sidebars voluntarily written by members of the Union. It is a wonderful collaborative effort. It is on sale here and at the Union office. This is a limited edition printing about our 100 plus years of fishing history that has previously never been written.


One Hook at a Time is also available at the following Seattle area libraries:

Ballard Branch

Broadview Branch

Central Library

Montlake Branch

Southwest Branch

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There is also one reference copy at the Central Library in the Seattle Room.
(M-Th:11am-6 pm Sa-Su:1-5pm Closed Fri)

Special thanks to Thomas Samuelsen for facilitating placement in the Library System.