Men Of The Sea
One foot perched on a rock and the other on crushed stone, worn down by wind and weather. Men at work on boats, criss crossing the channel waters between Bangs and Great Chebeague. Some stay in the vicinity while others head out to Broad Sound. This is a community of people who depend on the sea to sustain their way of life.
I read the most recent report about the sustainability of community life in respect to the health of the island, including water resources, impact of bacteria and petrol pollutants upon the aquaduct resource for water and the health of the ocean due to run off, and other causality sources that create change both subtle and drastic. This health report is quite good. Some of the problems identified are a hurdle as the cost of the work is beyond the means of the people.
I’m pleased to see a town follow, make recommendations, and act to improve the future. Our disposible society tends to focus on self-gratification at the expense of future generations. Personally, I see a world that needs to make drastic changes now or expect demise in the near future, while the recent and next few generations suffer disease and death due to what we have already done.
The men who work the sea are smart, sauvy, and inventors. Their knowledge must span the nature of the earth. They must have a deep understanding of geological history and events from the past into the present, of the atmospheric conditions and changes, how they change and why, as well as the heavens above, sun, moon and even the stars.
Men in wet orange rubber, slimy gloves, old boats and new, attending to pots, hooks, nets, cranes, engines and the sea. Weathered hats and faces side by side with the youthful, just getting started. Such men on a campus of higher learning like Harvard, Stanford, and Yale would look out of place, but I think more educated than the suits that fit in.
May the world support these hard working men who give us golden entrees, lobstar, oysters, clams, shrimp, and so much more.
Posted on April 10, 2015, in Bangs island, Casco Bay, Kayaking, Maine, Maine Coast, Solo Journeys, Twenty One Days at Sea and tagged Atlantic Ocean, Bangs Island, Casco Bay, Maine Coastal Islands, Photos, Sea Kayking. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.