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.
Erica Blizzard was convicted of negligent homicide for failing to post a proper lookout
The manager of a New Hampshire marina was sentenced to at least six months in jail and must pay the state $4,000 to promote boating safety for driving her 37-foot powerboat into an island, resulting in the death of her best friend.
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