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The Carolina Watermen: Bug Hunters and Boatbuilders

The Carolina Watermen: Bug Hunters and Boatbuilders

by Richard Kelly, Barbara Kelly
     
 

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Around Holden Beach, North Carolina, shrimp are known as "bugs," and the men who catch them for a living are "bug hunters." With the domestication of most other animals used for food, the Holden Beach shrimpers are among the last true hunters, dragging the ocean for creatures the size of a human thumb.

During their many visits to Holden Beach, Richard and

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Around Holden Beach, North Carolina, shrimp are known as "bugs," and the men who catch them for a living are "bug hunters." With the domestication of most other animals used for food, the Holden Beach shrimpers are among the last true hunters, dragging the ocean for creatures the size of a human thumb.

During their many visits to Holden Beach, Richard and Barbara Kelly grew fascinated with the distant sight of the shrimp boats and their simple dance upon the sea. Finally, they got a chance to meet the shrimpers. They were invited aboard the boats and regaled with tales of life on the water. They met the workers at the local fish houses, along with the Holden Beach boatbuilders, who fashioned hundreds of craft without ever using a blueprint.

But they also learned that the Carolina waterman is an endangered species. The shrimpers are being squeezed by government regulations, environmental pressures, and foreign competition. The boatbuilders have all retired.

The Kellys did not want to let the way of life of the Carolina watermen go unchronicled. This is their tribute to a hard-working people they have come to admire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016198330
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
02/18/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
182
File size:
10 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Kelly, a native New Yorker, was a graduate student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, when he became a devoted fan of The Andy Griffith Show. Since then, Dr. Kelly has gone on to become an English professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His specialty is 19th-century English literature and he has written biographies of Douglas Jerrold, Lewis Carroll, George Du Maurier, and Graham Greene.

In 1975, Dr. Kelly decided to depart from his Victorian humor to write a critical study of his favorite television show. In 1981, <i>The Andy Griffith Show</i> was first published.

Richard Kelly, and his wife, Barbara Kelly (co-author of <i>The Carolina Watermen</i>) have been regular visitors to Holden Beach since 1983. Barbara is an administrator for a community-action agency in Knoxville, where she and Richard live.

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