Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scalloping in Chatham, Massachusetts, c. Late 1960s

Photos by Salt Water New England
Willard Nickerson was a third generation fisherman, whose family started Nickerson Fish and Lobster. 

"Katrinka" was my grandmothers nickname and [Willard Nickerson] was the only person allowed to call her that...that's why he named his boat "Katrinka". The hat was a old Chatham little league baseball hat.   
- Michael Nickerson-Power (Grandson), SWNE comment

Of course there are Crown Pilot crackers.

And those familiar with the history of Cape Cod may know that Chatham was first settled by William Nickerson.


  1. Great pictures. I am fortunate to own a home in this wonderful town. Chatham is a very special place.

  2. Wow, beautiful pictures. Great stuff.

  3. I remember the Chatham Band summer evening concerts and especially the Bunny Hop procession around the bandstand.

  4. So many Nickersons around the Cape. Fish & Lobster Market is still open, although due to some shenanigans on the part of a business partner, it's no longer in the Nickerson family. There's a great harbor cam on the Chatham Fish Pier.

  5. The Evinrude is a 1968 33 Ski Twin. Love the pipe! Miss seeing real men smoking pipes, and miss smelling pipe smoke!!!

    1. Ah, the Evinrude motor. My grandfather had a very similar, mid-1960s Evinrude for his 24' boat. Every fall, he would pull the motor, take it apart, clean every facet of the motor, and put it back together again ready for the next spring.

      We fished; never scalloped, but the sights, sounds and smells prompted by these photos bring up good memories of my grandfather, father, and I going out on the Sound for a day of fishing, usually at the "Cow and Calf" -- a small island formation where the fishing was usually superior.


  6. What an intrepid Man, Mr. Nickerson, to come across the ocean in 1637 and purchase land from the Indians!! Fascinating! Love the plaque. and the fish store reminds me of McClain's Fish Market at the bottom of State Street in Marblehead.

  7. What beautiful scallops! Agree with the pipe comments - a lost art...