Codfish, Dogfish, Mermaids and Frank: Coming of Age on the Open Ocean (With Audio CD)

Codfish, Dogfish, Mermaids and Frank: Coming of Age on the Open Ocean (With Audio CD)

by Skip DeBrusk




It has been over 50 years since I spent my summer's aboard the J.L. Stanley and Sons. So much has changed in that brief period of time that it seems like a distant past. Gone are the bountiful fish and invincibility of the oceans. Greatly diminished is an industry that formed communities and supported generations. Gone is a way of life that now seems so innocent. Children never moved so far away and genuine familiarity with our neighbors was common. The language itself was kinder and gentler in the spoken word.

But some things haven't changed. From Gloucester to Provincetown, New Bedford to Nantucket, there are still strong men who earn their living on the sea. Risking all to fill their holds with the fish that remain. And I wonder if of all the ships at sea there is a young man aboard under a Captain such as I had. A man who had a love of education and poetry. A man who taught confidence and leadership through example. A man whose very essence belied the 7 years he spent in Alcatraz. A man who became my mentor and taught me lessons of life that have ramained with me through all these years. Is there such a young man now as lucky as I?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972816946
Publisher: VanFenwick, Reginald Press
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     5
Poetry At Sea     7
Thumbs Up     15
Mal de Mer     27
Nights In Provincetown     37
Laws Of Changeless Justice     52
Lady Luck     64
The Perfect Crime     75
Casing The Joint     81
Trouble With The Law     93
Shark Tales     106
Impressment In New Bedford     120
Lightships And Hardships     131
Two Bad Shows     138
Sea Serpents And Scituate     143
Dumping Grounds     155
In The Canyons     163
Eulogy     169
Fire!     179
Afterword     188
Acknowledgments     191

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