Capsized Deadliest Catch boat now offers tours
The Aleutian Ballad, the ship knocked over by a wave during the second season of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, now offers tourists a chance to experience crab fishing aboard that very same vessel.
The four-hour, $189 tours on the boat run from “July 25th through September 29th,” according to the tour’s web site, and are also available as excursions from Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity cruise ships.
After the incident, the boat’s owner, David Lethin, “proceeded to spend $2.5 million at Giddings Boat Works in Charleston, Ore., remodeling the Aleutian Ballad to safely accommodate a total of 150 visitors on the upper and lower decks, out of the way of working crew, but in clear sight of their activities,” the Alaska Journal of Commerce reports.
The boat travels from Ketchikan, Alaska, to “the fishing grounds offshore of the Metlakatla Indian community,” as “Metlakatla Indians have agreed to a joint venture in which they are compensated for every individual who comes aboard the Aleutian Ballad for the journey, because the vessel brings them into Metlakatla waters,” the paper reports. The crew will “launch and retrieve crab pots weighing 700 pounds each,” and work “to catch halibut, octopus, rockfish and numerous other species.”