Fishermen's Memorial

Bryan Peterson

Gig Harbor, United States

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Gig Harbor was named by Captain Charles Wilkes in 1841 after finding the small bay a perfect spot to weather out a storm in his gig or small rowboat. The first white settler in Gig Harbor was Samuel Jerisich. He and two other fishermen rowed a flat bottom boat from Vancouver Island British Columbia to Gig Harbor in 1867 with Jerisich establishing a home near an already existing Indian village on the west side of the bay. Within a few years other fishermen joined Samuel to take advantage of the wealth of salmon that were use as food and dogfish that were rendered down for their fine oil.
The Fisherman’s Memorial, located in Jerisich park is a likeness of Samuel Jerisich and a tribute to the fishermen that settled Gig Harbor Bay. Many of the families of those early settlers are still active in the community today and a small fishing fleet still exists within the harbor.

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