Shackleton, Bligh, Slocum … Queen Bee. Queen who?
OK, it’s a stretch, but when it comes to improbable small-boat voyages there should be an asterisk or footnote somewhere in the dusty annals of maritime history pointing to the unusual journey of a little boat named Queen Bee.
Shackleton, Bligh, Slocum … Queen Bee. Queen who? OK, it’s a stretch, but when it comes to improbable small-boat voyages there should be an asterisk or footnote somewhere in the dusty annals of maritime history pointing to the unusual journey of a little boat named Queen Bee.
The three of us were running west through Vineyard Sound on one of those spectacular days that appear after a cold front has rumbled through. The air was scrubbed clean, and a freshening westerly had turned the sound into a rolling pasture of whitecaps and spray.
Corey Wheeler Forrest gets up each morning at 4 a.m., packs lunches for her two children, resets the alarm clock so her husband will roll out on time and then drives to Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, R.I. By 6 o’clock she is aboard the 65-foot fishing boat Maria Mendonsa, steaming toward a floating fish trap, where she works alongside her father, two brothers and 10 or so other strong-backed men hauling fish nets — “pulling twine,” as it is called — from one of three specially built 30-foot aluminum double-enders.
“Fishing on the reefs is good in the evening. We fished twice last week for 26 bass from 25 to 37 inches, plus the first blue of the year. We could give that a whack and then head down the island after dark if you have the time?”
— email from Tim Coleman
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A 1981 Phi Beta Kappa journalism graduate, Bill has been writing about boats for more than two decades. His boating travels have taken him from the Persian Gulf to the Baltic Sea, and always back home to Little Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. As editor, Bill is responsible for planning and executing the publication's boating coverage each month, and his Under Way column starts each issue. Bill has been with Soundings for 20 years and in 1997 won the Moulton H. "Monk" Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.