The Catch, Pt. 6: What to Wear

 
 
Part 6 of my uncle Mike Sutter’s journal from a factory fishing trawler in the Bering Sea. Here’s a memo from the fishing company about what to pack for a few months at sea in 1988.
 
RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING ONBOARD
 
HEALTH/MEDICAL
 Any dental work – completed
 2 pair of eye correction/glasses or contacts
 3-4 month supply of any medication that you may require
 
PERSONAL/CLOTHING
 Rubber boots: Extra Tuffs are a good brand, available at Seattle Ship Supply or other marine supply stores
 Rain gear: Helly Hansens or equivalent
 Comfortable and warm clothes to wear under the rain gear, for instance, wool pants or sweats
 Personal hygiene materials
 Wool insole or booties for the inside of boots
 Wool socks
 Thermal underwear
 Books by preference
 Writing materials if desired
 
ITEMS BOAT PROVIDES
The boat provides the following items. If these items are not returned or returned not cleaned, crewmembers will be charged. These items are:
 
 Mattresses
 Pillows
 Sheets
 Towels (bath & hand)
 Pillowcases
 Blankets
 Washcloths
 
There is limited space in your living accommodations. Please do not overpack. There is a ship’s store with a small selection of miscellaneous items. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and they do run low or occasionally sell out.
 
(1988 photo by Mike Sutter)
 
THE CATCH