It seemed like at least half of the 50 or so people at the christening came down to Seattle from Barrow and other North Slope villages. Clearly, the new freight landing craft is not only a big boat, it’s a big deal for these North Slope residents. “We need this type of ship,” said one during the ceremony. “We’ve been waiting for 40 years for this.” Another said, “This boat will bring us things we can use to make money.”
With a degree in English literature from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!), journalism experience at the once-upon-a-time Seattle P-I, and at-sea experience as a commercial fisherman in Washington and Alaska, Bruce Buls has forged a career in commercial marine trade journalism, including stints at Alaska Fishermen’s Journal and National Fisherman, WorkBoat’s sister publications. Bruce spent 16 years as WorkBoat's technical editor before retiring in May 2015. He lives on Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, about 20 miles north of Seattle (go 'Hawks!).