Meet The Author: Fred F. Poyner IV

Come and join us on Saturday, March 11 as we have local Issaquah author and historian Fred F. Poyner IV will be on site to discuss two recent history books just completed and now available for audiences:

Pacific Fishermen, Inc.: 150 Years of Norwegian Heritage Shipbuilding

By Fred F. Poyner IV

Published by Classic Day Books of Seattle (2022)

Pacific Fishermen, Inc.: 150 Years of Norwegian Heritage Shipbuilding offers a comprehensive view of Ballard’s oldest continually working shipyard and its history. From the earliest steamboats built by Captain Thomas William Lake in 1871, to the founding of Pacific Fishermen’s Cooperative in 1946 by 400 Norwegian fishermen and their families, the book shares the stories, trials, and triumphs of this shipyard as a vital part of Seattle’s working waterfront on Ballard’s Salmon Bay today.


One Family, Two Continents: The Swasands and Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc.

Published by Legacy Isle Publishing of Honolulu, Hawaii (2023).

A comprehensive look at three generations of a Norwegian-American family and the fishing company they forged together: Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc. of Seattle, Washington.


About the Author

Fred F. Poyner IV is a historian and author with over 30 years of experience in researching and writing about the art and history of the Pacific Northwest.

His first book – The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn (2014) – was funded through the Heritage Projects grant award in 2014, and has received both the Association of King County Historical Organization’s (AKCHO) Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication, and the Washington Museum Association’s Award of Excellence in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Western Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree in Museology and Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Fred is the author of two other published books about the history of sculpture in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle Public Sculptors: Twelve Makers of Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1909–1962 and Portland Public Sculptors: Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1900-2003.

Fred currently lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his family.

We will have copies of his book for sale so please come say hi to Fred, and grab a drink!

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