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Charleston’s maritime history – The mosquito fleet

CH-spring-12-GULLAHThey were among the best watermen in Charleston’s maritime history, their small boats a familiar and beloved sight as they sailed out each morning and returned each afternoon with their catch. From the 1860s until the 1950s, the several hundred African American fishermen who worked the sailing boats of the mosquito fleet formed the core of Charleston’s seafood industry. They fished the creeks, rivers, harbor, and, weather permitting, the offshore banks. They would often go as far out as 30 miles to catch porgy, bass, whiting and, if lucky, a “jack fish.” “One by one they shoved off, and lay in the stream while they adjusted their spritsails and rigged their full jibs abeam, like spinnakers, for the free run to the sea,” wrote Dubose Heyward, describing Charleston’s mosquito fleet in his celebrated novel, Porgy. Read the rest here 13:58

Voices From the West Coast Tuna Fishery – Interview Clips, Transcripts, & Photos

In the early 1900s, the West Coast tuna industry was born in the small coastal California town of San Pedro, near Los Angeles. An abundant coastal fishery allowed fishing and canning businesses to soon expand to nearby Terminal Island developing into . At the heart of it all was a thriving immigrant community. Read the rest here 22:08

Stories from the Galley

Michael Vlahovich discussed his passion for building and restoring wooden boats as a result of his childhood growing up on the waterfront of Tacoma, Wash. His family came to the Pacific Northwest from Croatia 100 years ago and began the family tradition of commercial fishing and boat building. Read the rest here 09:05