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Crossing the Bar: Captain Roswell P. Staples, of Rockland, Maine

obit%20pic%20Staples%20RoswellBorn at Deer Isle, March 11, 1934, he was the son of Chester B. and Dora Staples. After moving to Rockland with his family at a young age, Paul attended local schools. In 1950 he began fishing aboard the FV St. George out of Rockland, working aboard that vessel until he entered the U.S. Navy. A Korean War veteran, Paul served with the Navy from 1951 to 1955. Returning to Rockland, he resumed his career as a commercial fisherman, aboard National Sea Products vessels until the closing of that plant. Beginning in November of 1969, he spent nine months aboard a research ship, sailing between Antarctica and Punta Arenas, Chile. Sept. 22, 1970, he married Mildred E. Harvey Dodge in Rockland. In 1971, Paul earned his 1st Mate License and in 1974, his Master Captains License. He later worked aboard vessels out of Boston and Alaska, retiring from the sea in 1993. Read the rest here 22:19

Crossing the bar – Dennis J. “Bones” Huntley, August 13, 1955 – September 9, 2015

3302158_mDennis J. Huntley “Bones”,60, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Born in Wakefield, he was the son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Pelchat) Huntley. Dennis was a commercial fisherman for over thirty years with his brother and business partner Craig. Together they owned the F/V Catherine Louise and the F/V Miss Trudy. He also worked on tug boats before going to work at United Water in Wakefield. Read the rest here 16:16 Read Crossing the Bar

Crossing the Bar: New Jersey Commercial Fisherman Harry Axelsson

harry axelssonHe was born February 19, 1931, died peacefully at home on July 9, 2014. A Swedish immigrant, he came to this country with his wife in August of 1954 and settled in Cape May. Captain Harry was a commercial fisherman. He loved his work, he loved his family, and he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Read more here 13:52 Fair Winds, Fisherman.

Crossing the Bar – The legend of Canadian Fishing Company skipper Benny Lagos runs in the tide now.

39124campbellriverBennyLagos-wheelThe legend of skipper Benny Lagos runs in the tide now. For more than seven decades Lagos was one of the top performing skippers for the Canadian Fishing Company in a career that began in a rowboat and ended on a fully-powered seiner. On Monday, following a brief illness, Lagos died in Campbell River. He was 99. His father was a fisherman and so was his grandfather Rosalio who took the boy gillnetting up to Johnstone Strait when he was just eight or nine years old. [email protected]  19:35

Crossing the Bar – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.