Drydock ~ Gloucester, MA


Hamburg, United States

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A small, classic trawler gets some Tender Loving Care at the Marine Railway Yard at Gloucester Harbor. The owner was working hard, getting his vessel back in shape, & the work was progressing nicely. There are many of these fishing boats in varying states of repair in Gloucester Harbor, but wooden ones are in short supply. This one would not make the big trips to George’s Bank, etc., but it is equipped to do the oft-controversial (drag nets used by trawlers are tough on the sea floor ecology) job, & you can see its little gantry in the stern.

This fisherman was a riot. When he spotted me with my camera, he saluted me heartily. Being a typical picture-taker, I hollered ‘SMILE!’, to which he answered ‘I can’t smile; I don’t have any teeth!’ I yelled back, ‘WHAT?! You don’t need teeth to smile!!!’ At that, he positively beamed at me, a great, toothless Cheshire Cat grin with more personality embodied in it than can be had from the most fastidious, tooth-whitening, cap-equipped, vanity-stricken exhibitionist…. After which he launched into an almost endless stream of conversation that was funny, fascinating & just plain friendly. The one thing I didn’t get was the name of the boat!

The life of a Gloucester fisherman is not an easy one, but personality is where you find it.

Gloucester, Massachusetts ~ October 2013

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