Daily Event for February 10, 2015

At 2300 hrs. on the night of Feb. 9, 1991 the 98 foot long crabber Barbarossa sailed from St. George Island, Alaska for a run at the opilio crab that were in season. On board were six men and all their equipment. If you have seen the television show Deadliest Catch you know what a crab boat looks like when it leaves port. Crab pots stacked high on the deck, all the bait in the freezers, foodstuffs for the voyage and so on. The six men went to work in the hopes of earning enough to make their trip worth the time.

At about 0100 on February 10, 1991 several other fishing vessels in the area received a distress call from an unknown vessel. The message was short and final, "i'm going over" was all that was heard. There was no identification of who sent the message, but Barbarossa could not be contacted and never returned home. A search turned up nothing of the missing ship or the six men in her. What happened to the boat is unknown and to the best of my knowledge to this day the Bering Sea has not given up the secret.
© 2015 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Remembrance
In memory of those who lost their lives in
F/V Barbarossa
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Brandenburg, George
Bright, Don
Gross, Darryl
McPhearson, Brian
Olberding, Dennis
Schmitt, Timothy

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Oct. 7, 2018

My 1st cousin, Tim Schmitt was lost when the Barbarassa dissapeared in 1991. My uncle told me about a memorial wall somewhere in Alaska. Please help me locate the memorial.

Thank you,
Ken Schmitt