Peggy O

Peggy O

Les Wilson began building the Peggy O as a sailboat before WW II. After Pearl Harbor, there were no materials for pleasure boats so he finished her as a commercial salmon troller.

Son Jerry came aboard and eventually took over the boat in the ’60s. Although we lived 25 miles apart in Oregon, I met him for the first time at breakfast at the Vista del Mar. He subsequently owned the Caremi and the Pacific Rose. He was one of my best running partners.

Jerry John “Whitewater” Wilson died in 2005. His son, Ben, continues the family tradition fishing the Pacific Rose. ~1978 photo

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