Mariners Keep Moss' Christmas Tradition Alive

     The North Pacific Fisheries Association is honoring the late Captain Bob Moss with Christmas lights. It was his personal tradition to put a Christmas tree in the rigging on his boats.

     Pat McBride is a board member with the NPFA and wants others to share in Moss’ custom.

     “I’ve talked to everybody from Walt Wrede to the Harbormaster to all the vendors. Everybody in town wants to be on board, they like the idea. We’re inviting everybody that has a boat to put a Christmas tree in their rigging in his honor,” he said. 

     Lights will be displayed on boats, the Homer Harbormaster’s office and the Seafarer’s Memorial. The association is hoping businesses also will take part. Moss was a long-time commercial fisherman in Homer. McBride said he was fishing before the town even had its harbor. 

     Moss also was well-respected in the fishing community. McBride said he wants to see this tradition carried out throughout town for years to come. 

     McBride also mentioned this light show lets the city know commercial fishing is still going strong.  

     Moss passed away Sept. 17 of this year. According to his obituary Bob and his brother Joel came up to Alaska in 1947 to stake their claim. They worked on the crew that built the Sterling Highway from Kasilof to Ninilchik. After finishing up work the brothers moved to homestead in Peterson Bay and started commercial fishing. 

     The two fished salmon, halibut, crab and shrimp throughout Cook Inlet and Kodiak waters. They also started Moss Brothers Seafoods together. Their wives were big parts of their operation and Bob’s two sons are still commercial fishermen.

     McBride said Bob definitely had an effect on the commercial fishing industry, but he was also instrumental in starting up the Olson Mountain rope tow in Homer.