Courage & Death on the Gulf of Alaska Saga of the F/V "Dixie"
Author Norm Carson
In November of 1950 the fishing vessel "Dixie" departed Pelican Alaska with three people on board for a hunting trip to the outer coast of Yakobi Island. Within a week, two of these Pelican residents would reach a tragic end, and the third would demonstrate remarkable endurance.
The people on the "Dixie: were Fred Wetche, owner/operator; Fred, Jr., age 14, his son; and Helvig "Chris" Christensen, a long-time friend of the Wetche family.
Three other residents of Pelican joined in on this saga by initiating a search for the "Dixie" and its occupants; they would later receive the Hero's Medal from the Carnegie Foundation in recognition of their courage. The three heroes were Tom Allain, Sr., and his cousins Marie and Betty Mork. Today, Marie is the sole survivor left of this incident; it was only after several conversations with her did I learn of the Carnegie Award. Marie would tell you that they did nothing less than what was normally expected in an emergency.
Enjoy the inspiring story of the rescuers' courage, the faith and endurance of Helvig Christensen, and the memory of Fred Wetche and his son, Fred, Jr.,better known as Bubby. As is often the case, courage and death are shipmates on the Gulf of Alaska.