Former longtime Westport resident, Stephen “Stevie” Warren, 31, marked the 20th anniversary of his dad’s mysterious disappearance in the summer of 1993 with an article that appears in this month’s issue of Pacific Fishing magazine.
Captain David Warren, along with crew members Neil Tobin and Mark Whikoff, left Westport for a fishing trip aboard the 56-foot steel dragger Peggy S in the Grays Canyon area 30 miles west on June 19, 1993. They were last heard from in that area two days later.
Following their failure to answer radio communication from fellow mariners nearby, an extensive coastwide search for them and their vessel was conducted. However, with the exception of a single life ring and a few deck boards that washed ashore near the mouth of the Columbia River, no sign of the three men or the Peggy S has been seen since.
Warren’s widow, Tracy, remained on the South Beach until recently and raised her family here. Stevie was 11 at the time of his dad’s disappearance.
Despite all that the sea has taken from his family, Warren has followed in his father’s footsteps. Now an Olympia resident, he starting fishing at the age of 17 and continues to work in Alaskan waters.
Tracy and Stevie have spent years investigating and seeking answers about the disappearance of the husband and father they lost so abruptly 20 years ago.
Read more about the Warrens’ search for answers about the disappearance of the Peggy S in Pacific Fishing. As we went to press, copies of the magazine were available at Ted’s Red Apple Market in uptown Westport.