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By Finn J.D. John
For The Chronicle 

The Cape Kiwanda dory fleet of Pacific City

 

September 12, 2019

WINSLOW HOMER

This painting, titled "The Fog Warning," shows a Grand Banks fisherman making his way back to the mother ship with a couple of big halibuts on board, while casting a worried glance at an incoming fog bank.

If you get up early enough in the summertime in Pacific City, you might get to watch the Cape Kiwanda dory fleet launching for a day of fishing - launching right off the beach, into the teeth of the surf.

There's no fishing fleet quite like the Cape Kiwanda dories. On a good day, there can be dozens of them. These days, it's a pretty slick operation to watch: a tow vehicle will rapidly back into the teeth of the surf to launch the boat between the waves, then hastily retreat. Two crew members will then expertly spin the boat to get its bow pointing into the waves and head off into the teeth...



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