Carolyn Carter, Fern’s wife, swings the christening bottle for OLD SQUAW. She missed. The water had come in too far for her to get close to the bow. She climbed onto the bow and reached down to break the bottle.
Boats were always christened with a bottle of liquor for good luck. “There was never a dry launch,” Ruthie and Bimbo remember, “with plenty of liquor after the launch and plenty of food.” Launch Days were big celebrations, with many people turning out to mark the occasion.
OLD SQUAW was built for eighteen-year-old Ronald “Luke” Carter after he’d been fishing for six years, working up to 300 traps.