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.
Rich Hughes was diving the shallow wreck of a ship when he spied what he thought was a silver coin. That small piece of treasure turned out to be a 19th century pocket watch with a simple inscription that led the 39-year-old Briton on a nine-year journey of detective work and discovery that eventually put the watch back into the hands of a distant relative.
A mother's lament after one of the most common of accidents, falling overboard, takes her son's life
The sea is uncompromising, it is impersonal, and it is blind to a mariner's hard-earned experience. It can exploit the slightest misstep and give it a tragic turn.
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