Alone at Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen by John N. Morris, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Alone at Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen

Alone at Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen

by John N. Morris
     
 

Author John Morris is the grandson of a Gloucester dory fisherman who was lost at sea in the 1930s, at the very end of the great age of sail. Haunted by his grandfather's death, Morris spent more than ten years researching the lives of these hardy souls who set off from schooners in sturdy rowboats to fish the banks off the New England coast. This detailed

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Author John Morris is the grandson of a Gloucester dory fisherman who was lost at sea in the 1930s, at the very end of the great age of sail. Haunted by his grandfather's death, Morris spent more than ten years researching the lives of these hardy souls who set off from schooners in sturdy rowboats to fish the banks off the New England coast. This detailed narrative boils down to the finest, most complete chronicle of the lives of Gloucester fishermen in the time of sail. It begins at a time when men stood side by side along a schooner's rail dropping baited hand lines to the seabed below. Then, in the middle of the 19th century, came dory fishing, and the skipper of a schooner could disperse upwards of a dozen one- and two-man dories over many miles of open ocean. Each dory could lay as much as a mile of baited line across the seabed below, and with this change in technology the catch increased and Gloucester emerged as North America's premier fishing port. Countless millions of fish were caught; over five thousand men were lost. One of Gloucester's greatest maritime historians, Joseph E. Garland, writes in his foreward that Morris's work is "absolutely authoritative" and "a masterpiece that's been waiting for generations to be told."

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From the Publisher
"Anyone interested in the history of Gloucester, the commercial fishing industry on which it was founded and the lives of those who engaged in the trade will want to get a copy of John Morris's Alone At Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen. The book covers the rise of Gloucester as one of the world's biggest and richest fishing ports from the 1700s up to the 1940s."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981943077
Publisher:
Commonwealth Editions
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Maritime Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

A native of Gloucester, John N. Morris, PhD, is Director Emeritus of the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, a Harvard-affiliated hospital and research program. He has published widely in his field. Morris’s ancestors have been fishermen going back to the seventeenth century. His father was a Gloucester fish cutter and his mother a fish packer. His grandfather, Stephen Olsson, spent four decades as a Gloucester doryman, until he drowned on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1935. Morris’s book opens and closes with stories handed down from Grandpa. Morris is a board member of the group preserving one of the last of the surviving Gloucester schooners, the Adventure. He lives in northern Massachusetts, in the small town of Tyngsboro.

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