Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, February 21, 2020

Scalloping with Willard Nickerson, Chatham, Cape Cod

"The Codfather" - Photos by My Father














17 comments:

  1. My in-law's next door neighbor in the Northern Neck of Virginia was a fisherman. He fished not only in the bay but sometimes as far away as the Gulf. His forearms looked like Popeye's. He also had a very distinctive accent.

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    1. BlueTrain, I didn't know your in-laws lived on the Northern Neck. Kilmarnock? Urbanna? I spend a lot of time on the Northern Neck. It's so beautiful. The accent and dialect of the natives is quite distinct! https://rare.us/rare-life/tangier-island-accent-virginia-chesapeake-bay/

      Your comment about the forearms made me chuckle because I was just talking to a waterman over the holidays and he told me a story about his first babysitter who had arms that were so large that he ran away, terrified, and refused to go back.

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    2. Blue Train, I also have a Northern Neck connection (owned a house in Burgess and lived there for awhile) and know fishermen out of Reedville (pound net and also larger vessels).

      Reedville Fishermen's Museum website:

      http://www.rfmuseum.org/

      N from VA

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    3. My wife's parents lived on Antipoison Creek a couple of miles from Whitestone.

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    4. Whitestone is beautiful. My husband and I stayed at Windmill Point on our honeymoon (we were sailing the bay). The marina/hotel was a simple but nice place to stay in the early 80's except for the biting blood-sucking sand flies. I've never seen so many sand flies!

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    5. What a small world the internet can be. My family has lived on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula since the early 1600's. We still own some property in the Ocran/White Stone area. People said my late father had the Northern Neck accent. I never really noticed it. My father grew up on a farm in Ocran but his father's primary job was as a captain of a menhaden fish boat. They fished in the Chesapeake Bay and as far north as New Jersey. The company that his Uncle owned had fish factories as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. I never met my Grandfather so I don't know if he had massive forearms, but I suspect he did from working purse nets.

      JRC

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  2. Such wonderful photos. Thank you so much, for what you do for all of us here everyday!

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  3. I am always fascinated by seeing people working with their hands. Some pictures remind me of work I’ve done and others let me see unfamiliar tasks. I must admit that at this stage of my life, I’m more like the older gent who seems to be appreciating, first hand, the labors of others.

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  4. So much going on! Old Crown Pilot crackers! Some of the photos look like he might be in Pleasant Bay. And LOVE the flowers painted on the skiff.

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    1. Flowers painted on the skiff? I looked and looked again but didn't see that.

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    2. Check out the photo with Mr Nickerson, standing in the boat, tossing a bag of scallops into the water.

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    3. A hippy boat.

      Aiken

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    4. Loved those flowers and the smiley face!

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  5. Early 1960s, right?

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    1. The outboard motor is a 1967 Evinrude Ski Twin 33HP.

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