Alone at Sea:Gloucester in the Age of Dorymen 1623-1939

Author John Morris is the grandson of a Gloucester dory fisherman who was lost at sea in the 1930s, at the very end of the great age of sail. Haunted by his grandfather's death, Morris spent more than ten years researching the lives of these hardy souls who set off from schooners in sturdy rowboats to fish the banks off the New England coast. This detailed narrative boils down to the finest, most complete chronicle of the lives of Gloucester fishermen in the time of sail. It begins at a time when men stood side by side along a schooner's rail dropping baited hand lines to the seabed below.

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