Tug operator featured speaker at Historical Society luncheon

Humboldt Bay tug operator and master mariner Leroy Zerlang will be the featured speaker at the Humboldt County Historical Society’s 53rd Annual Luncheon on Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m. This year the annual luncheon takes place at the Ingomar Club at the Carson Mansion in Eureka. All members of the Humboldt County Historical Society and their guests are invited to attend.

Special guest speaker Leroy Zerlang will present "Humboldt Bay Adventures: Tales of a Master Mariner," with photos and stories of his 54 years on Humboldt Bay.

As a tug operator and master mariner, Zerlang has had many exciting experiences and adventures during his long tenure. He will regale with personal stories of bringing boats, from log barges to cruise ships, across the dangerous bay entrance. He will also share stories of shipwrecks and salvages; of bringing ships into the various docks in the harbor; and of his experiences as a ship agent, taking care of ship owners’ interests during their stay.

Additionally, Zerlang will provide background for historical boats and their meaning, most notably the history of the "Madaket," as well as historical tales of the north spit and the coast guard.

The afternoon with Leroy Zerlang will include a buffet luncheon, with vegetarian options available, and a Dutch raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person. Humboldt County Historical Society members and their guests can make reservations for the luncheon through Thursday, Feb. 8. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Humboldt County Historical Society at 445-4342.

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Leroy Zerlang escorts a log barge out of the bay, July 2010