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Meet a local female fisherman and learn about our figureheads!

Before March can end I wanted to throw in one last hurrah for Women’s History Month and introduce you all to a female fishermen here at the Pillar Pt. Harbor. Meet Heather Shirley or simply “H”. Heather says she doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t fish.
When she was a girl she used to catch trout in the Walla Walla River near her home in Oregon. Today, she’s a deckhand for hire, ready to assist on sport fishing trips as she’s done for Huli Cat and Queen of Hearts (to name a couple). It’s a demanding job, Heather admitted, with days when she’s up at 4:30 a.m. ready to embark on a fishing trip and then back scrubbing the deck late at night. You might see her driving the forklift on the pier or stacking the crab pots.

 

“Every day is different,” Heather said. “It’s a really unique job and a lot of it depends on Mother Nature.”
Heather’s also known to make a mean crab chowder.

 

And speaking of chowder… Princeton Seafood makes a pretty fantastic version with clams. In fact, it’s award-winning.
Hope to see you around soon!

 

Sincerely,
Magnus Johnson
Restaurant Watchman & Storyteller

P.S. Ever stop to admire these friendly, female figureheads?

 

Trust me, I do! Did you know that figureheads were first were placed on ship sterns in the sixteenth century? More than just an ornament, these wood-carved beauties often helped seamen identify themselves in illiterate societies. Mary and Marty inherited these gals when they took over the space more than 30 years ago. We believe they really add a level of elegance here at Princeton Seafood Company. Sometimes they can even be seen modeling our T-shirts!

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