Marblehead's First Harbor: The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port

Marblehead's First Harbor: The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port

by Brenda Bishop Booma


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Marblehead's First Harbor: The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port by Brenda Bishop Booma

The true beauty and fury of the Atlantic Ocean are known only by the rugged individuals who have made their living from the sea. In the seventy-five years from the American Revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century, Marblehead, Massachusetts, experienced a golden age of fishing. For the next fifty years, the industry struggled, but from 1900 until the end of the twentieth century, one small anchorage made itself proud. From boat building to sail design, First Harbor produced creative men whose innovations helped shape marine history. Join Hugh Peabody Bishop and Brenda Bishop Booma as they reveal this story through the eyes of a Marblehead fisherman, drawn uncontrollably by his love for the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609494971
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,362,936
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Hugh Bishop and his wife, Judy, live in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He handles a modest string of lobster traps from a small lobster boat (named appropriately September Song), fishing in the same waters where he first set traps over sixty years ago. Other interests include a significant amount of time playing golf.

Brenda Booma, raised in Marblehead, grew up with a deep respect for the ocean and a love of the small area called Barnegat. Having moved away in her twenties, she raised three children while playing and teaching tennis. When she moved back, she became involved with the seafood business, with which she was affiliated until her retirement

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Aerial View of Little Harbor 11

Reference Charts 12

Prologue 15

1 Reflection 19

2 Bob Brown 26

3 EdHawkes 30

4 Stewart Smith 41

5 Little Harbor 46

6 Fisherman's Beach 56

7 Ye Olde Cunner Kings 66

8 Graves Boatyard 69

9 Bricks Were Two Cents Apiece 81

10 I Want to Be Like Those Guys 87

11 Henry Thomas Briggs 94

12 Barber's Lobster Pool 107

13 The War Years 113

14 Dan Peach 122

15 Gunning Here and Abroad 125

16 Finding Normalcy 140

17 Dave Abbott 145

18 White Horse and Pat Noonan's Boat 151

19 Bigger Boats and More Knowledge 163

20 JohnHawkes 165

21 Nine Lives 173

22 Line Trawling Starts 177

23 A Trip to Tillies 182

24 Birth of a Fishery 188

25 The Red and Green Lights Were Just Right 198

26 Hood Enterprises 203

27 First Trip to the Continental Shelf 207

28 A Day of Reckoning 216

29 I'd Sure Hate to Be Paying for It 228

30 Steve Goodwin 246

31 Launching 248

32 I Guess It Just Wasn't Our Turn 252

33 Fifty Feet Is Not Long Enough 259

34 1979-A Retreat 266

35 Even Fifty-five Feet Was Too Small 275

36 Marblehead Lobster Company 277

37 At the End, I Was Alone 285

38 Memorizing on Jeffreys 292

Epilogue 295

Bibliography 299

About the Authors 301

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