Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen are Liars, The Lobster Chronicles, and Recipes from a Small Island, as well as the Jane Bunker mysteries, including Slipknot, and Fisherman’s Bend. Before becoming a writer, she was the captain of a swordboat, the career that earned her a prominent role in Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.

While best known for her New York Times bestselling nonfiction, her Jane Bunker mystery series combines her excellence at writing about Maine and the ocean with her talent for spinning a good yarn. Her latest Jane Bunker mystery is Shiver Hitch.  Jane Bunker thought she’d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she’s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.

Rachel Rowley Spaulding

Born on Cape Cod, Rachel Rowley Spaulding holds a business degree from Boston University, and has worked primarily in the financial field.  She gained her writing education from UMass Dartmouth.  Rachel now lives in Wareham, her childhood home, close to New Bedford, the historic fishing port she has come to love.

In Search of Ellen Marie is the true story of a painting-inspired passionate pursuit to locate a fishing vessel.   It’s really about life – a boat’s life, yes, but also about lives of people and their power to affect others: the fisherman in South Bristol, Maine who put his work on hold to chat and share an important phone number; Ellen Marie’s Captain of the 1960s and ‘70s in New Bedford, Massachusetts who challenged her stereotypic thinking about fishermen and took her on an imaginary trip to Georges Bank; another captain who took her on board a vessel to clarify her understanding of the fishing process; and the nose-ringed bartender in Newport, Rhode Island who gladly put up her poster and gave her a drink on the house.

It’s about being human and experiencing the psychological defense of denial when I didn’t want to believe something, and experiencing compassion when I heard the grief of loved ones left behind when fishermen lost their lives at sea.  It’s about the awe-inspiring realization that I had been injected into the historic era soon to be lost forever of wooden commercial fishing boats manned by a unique breed of courageous fishermen.

The Old-Time Oyster Trade: A Captain, a Coaster, and 1500 Bushels of Bivalves

by Robert Demanche with special guest raconteur Donald Tucker

In the wake of the New England oyster industry’s glory years during the late 1800s and early 1900s came decades of comparative doldrums. But in recent times this once highly sought-after seafood has resurfaced in popularity in tandem with a new crop of oyster growers and oyster farms. These growers meet the demand by using production techniques that are quite different from the methods of an earlier era.

In The Old-Time Oyster Trade, Robert Demanche and Donald Tucker, son of Captain Claude S. Tucker of the Schooner Coral, talk about the vital role once played by sloops, schooners and other water craft in the cultivation and harvesting of this delectable mollusk. Venture out with the presenters as they head toward well-known oyster grounds from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod by way of yarns, vintage photos, and audio recordings of mariners who once transported this cargo destined for the dinner plate.

 

Paul Doucette

Hove Down on Georges Bank is the story of a severe storm which struck the Western North Atlantic on November 14th and 15th, in 1962. This storm was unexpected and was not forecast by the weather bureau. This unknown nor’easter generated 105 mph winds from a low pressure of 968 millibars, with seas reaching 60-feet in height. It reached out 1,000 miles from its’ center, and in 48 hours it caused the sinking of six ships and resulted in the death of thirty-six seamen. This included the F/V Midnight Sun, a New Bedford scalloper with her eleven-man crew.

Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., was aboard the F/V Venus in this storm and was fishing on the Northern Edge of Georges Bank. Although he had weathered three named hurricanes at sea, including the 1938 Hurricane, he always said this storm was the worst heavy weather event he ever experienced, and it was the only time that he thought he would be lost at sea. During this storm, the F/V Venus, a 74-foot dragger, was “Hove Down” (capsized) in the most dangerous part of Georges Bank, the area between the Cultivator Shoals and Georges Shoal. This part of the bank, 120 miles east of Cape Cod, has charted points that are 9-feet deep under normal conditions, and three-feet deep in storm conditions. The F/V Venus required 10-feet to float. The book begins and pivots around the recollections of Captain Doucette, but it also encompasses the stories of the other boats and ships that were caught unaware by this monster storm. The death toll could have easily exceeded 200 men, but for the skill and experience of the mariners involved, and the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy.

This book highlights the skill, courage, and tenacity of the men who are called New Bedford Fishermen.

Paul Doucette was born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the youngest son of Captain Louis Doucette, Jr., a New Bedford fisherman whose career spanned 54-years. His grandfather, Captain Louis Doucette, Sr., was one of the earliest proponents of the movement from dory fishing to trawling, a change which catapulted New Bedford to fishing prominence. His grandfather was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Extraordinary Heroism for his role in the famous rescue of the crew of the six-masted schooner, the Mertie B. Crowley, at Wasque Shoals, on the southeast side of Martha’s Vineyard in 1910. His great grandfather, Amable Doucette, was lost at sea while dory fishing on Georges Bank in 1880. His family has had a long association with fishing on Georges Bank.