The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs of a Changing World

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Along the wide waters of eastern North Carolina, the people of many scattered villages separated by creeks, marshes, and rivers depend on shallow-water boats, both for their livelihoods as fishermen and to maintain connections with one another and with the rest of the world. As Lawrence S. Earley discovered, each workboat has stories to tell, of boatbuilders and fishermen, and of family members and past events associated with these boats. The rich history of these hand-built wooden fishing boats, the people who ...

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Overview

Along the wide waters of eastern North Carolina, the people of many scattered villages separated by creeks, marshes, and rivers depend on shallow-water boats, both for their livelihoods as fishermen and to maintain connections with one another and with the rest of the world. As Lawrence S. Earley discovered, each workboat has stories to tell, of boatbuilders and fishermen, and of family members and past events associated with these boats. The rich history of these hand-built wooden fishing boats, the people who work them, and the communities they serve lies at the heart of Earley's evocative new book of essays, interviews, and photographs.
In conversations with the region's fishermen and boatbuilders, the author finds webs of decades-old social history and realizes that workboats are critical in maintaining a community's memories and its very sense of identity. Including nearly 100 of Earley's own striking duotones, this richly illustrated book brings to life the world of a fishing culture threatened by local and global forces.

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Publishers Weekly
In these short essays and photos, writer and photographer Earley (Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest) provides readers with a detailed guide to the fishing culture of small towns in “Down East” North Carolina, a region about 200 miles southeast of Raleigh. Earley focuses on the importance of the boats, all handmade, from skiffs to run boats, which haul crews and pick up fish from the workboats that carry fishermen to fish houses. He profiles one 20th-century master boat builder, Ambrose Fulcher, and notes that the “stories and memories associated with a boat are like family tales... passed down from one generation to another.” Earley also devotes one essay to long-hauling, which involves capturing fish in huge, joined nets, rooted in stakes driven into the ocean bed and extending 1–3 miles. The local fishing industry is in significant decline, partly because of pollution, and partly because of competition from foreign fish farms. While, with a few exceptions, Early’s black-and-white photographs are not particularly aesthetically pleasing, they do an excellent job of highlighting Down East fishing culture. 109 duotones; 6 figures; 1 map. (Oct.)
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"An extraordinary collection of writing and photographs."—Durham Herald Sun

"Earley illustrates that a boat is not just a boat."—Coastwatch

"The book is written for the fisher and the layperson alike; Earley, an accomplished nature writer, is most interested in how stories create a deep culture that has sustained itself against the ebbing tide that is modernity."—Carolina Alumni Review

"An extraordinary collection of writing and photographs."—Durham Herald-Sun

"Not only a beautiful photography book that's pleasing to look at but one that will prove a valuable record of a way of life that might not be around much longer."—Sea History

"Earley's black-and-white photographs. . . . do an excellent job of highlighting Down East fishing culture."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469610641
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 682,839
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence S. Earley is a writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest.

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