I must confess that I'm not risk-averse. Quite a few years ago, at the age of 19, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and requested duty in Vietnam. A few years after finishing my service and following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I started and ran my own construction company with my younger brother. Fast forward a few years and I became immersed in the world of sailing. Multiple round-the-world races on record-setting boats, speed records through the Southern Ocean, and scores of races and transoceanic passages testify to that fact.
Sunderland critics doth protest too much, and it's a sign of troubled times
On June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season kicked in, the red snapper season opened, and more than a half-million gallons of oil a day continued to spew from the Deepwater Horizon well into the Gulf of Mexico.
Lela Anderson took her first job in a sardine cannery when she was a sophomore in high school, and except for a few summers picking blueberries, she has worked on the packing line stuffing sardines in tins most of her adult life.
If a single surviving vessel might be said to exemplify the heyday of Maine's commercial fishery, it could easily be the Jacob Pike.
Built in Thomaston, Maine, at the Newbert and Wallace Shipyard in 1949, the Pike was constructed of oak and hard pine - two species used by generations of shipbuilders because of their durability.
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