Photos by Jody Dole
Some 30 miles off the south coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket juts out of the Atlantic. Once a beacon of the world’s whaling industry, the island and its storied past are preserved in cobblestone streets and gray-shingled cottages. One only has to amble along its wooden docks to appreciate the enduring maritime spirit of this place — to feel the Nantucket of Herman Melville’s epic prose. Yet instead of bloodied whaleships bobbing in the harbor, lavish yachts and pleasure boats now tie up in slips and to moorings come summertime.
The city that never sleeps contains expansive waterways that have an awe-inspiring presence and history
Of the roughly 2,000 miles of coastline along the Eastern Seaboard, there is one short stretch like no other: New York City, the East River and New York Harbor.
Not only is New York the most populous city in the country — and one of the top destinations on the planet — it also has one of the best, busiest and most important harbors in the world.
Capt. Bill Brucato started out as a deckhand on his father’s tugboat almost 40 years ago and has been “licensed and steering” tugs for more than 30 years. He is based in New York Harbor, but ranges as far as Bucksport, Maine, and Norfolk, Va. He serves as master of the articulated tug barge Nicole L. Reinauer for Reinauer Transportation Co. in New York.Brucato shares some thoughts about how boaters should — and should not — transit the East River and Hell Gate.
Photos by Bob Grieser
Have you ever wanted to be a chicken necker — that is, try your hand at being a Chesapeake Bay crabber for a day, even if you’re without a boat, basket, crab net or trotline rig?Get thee to Charlie Schnaitman’s Wye Landing seafood compound, a family operation squirreled since the late 1940s near the head of the fabled Wye River off the Miles River on Maryland’s middle Eastern Shore. Here reside in elegant repose and growing fat the monster “Number One Jimmies” — males that can measure 8-plus inches across their hard shells.
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