05.01.16

The long and winding voyage of the Concordia yawl Dolce.

Matthew Stackpole

05.01.16

Each spring Buddy Vanderhoop bites the head off the first herring he catches.

“It’s just traditional and it’s been done forever and it brings you luck,” he said late this winter, a few weeks before the earliest alewives and blueback herring – the scouts – began to fight their way up his herring run. “It’s like it’s between you and the fish, your blood mashing with the fish’s blood. You don’t just bite the herring head off and spit it out. You bite it off and eat it. So it’s a little crunchy.”

Tom Dunlop

05.01.16

Favorite part of the job? “The different kinds of people you can meet through the season. A lot of my customers have been with me twenty years now.”

05.01.16

It was late in the evening on June 4, 1955 and Kib Bramhall needed a Vineyard fix.

Kib Bramhall

03.01.16

Name: Savannah Hooe

Occupation: Seaman apprentice, Coast Guard Station Menemsha

A day on the Job: Boat checks and inspections, standing watch (manning theradios), training. “You see some pretty cool things literally every time you go out.You learn something new every time. You never know.”

Favorite part of the job? “Knowing people can depend on you to help themin need.”

03.01.16

The tide was just starting to flow east when Stuart Hunter and I skidded my nine-foot tin boat down the cliff at Pilots Landing and rowed toward Wash Rock, where terns were working over breaking bass. We dropped anchor up-current, the hook held and we were in business, casting metal into the action from our miniature craft.

Kib Bramhall

12.01.15

The schooner Charlotte delivers a cargo of supplies and hope.

Nat Benjamin

12.01.15

Lying at the southern end of Chappaquiddick’s inland waterway, Poucha was historically a freshwater pond, sealed by a dike that included sluiceways and a herring run.

Kib Bramhall

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