Category Archive: History

A Wednesday with Rusty Wallis

BARRINGTON, RI – It all began with piss oak, actually. Back in February of 2013 I received an e-mail out of the blue from a fellow named Russ Wallis, writing in response to a Bearin’s column I’d written about long-ago smells of winter.  It read as follows: “Hi Brian, “I am a fourth (and final) …

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Sharing stories with Paul McFarland

by Brian Robbins ROCKLAND, ME – I’d heard Paul McFarland’s voice nearly 40 years before I met him face-to-face.  I can’t tell you that I recognized the voice when the tall, smiling man met me in the main office of the O’Hara Corporation in Rockland; I’d only heard it over the single sideband radio back …

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Gloucester celebrates its 86th Annual St. Peter’s Fiesta

GLOUCESTER, MA – On the last weekend in June thousands of people thronged America’s oldest fishing port for the city’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta. The celebration honors Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, and the fishing way of life that has shaped Gloucester for nearly 400 years. On Sunday Jun. 26, following an outdoor mass, …

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There and back with Tommy Porter – Part II

by Brian Robbins MARBLEHEAD, MA – Our cover story in the January 2016 CFN was veteran fisherman Tommy Porter, sharing tales of growing up in Marblehead, MA; the early days of offshore lobstering on Georges Bank with his brother Manny; his years fishing the Atlantic from one end to the other with the late Bob …

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Remembering Winnie Lash 7/5/18 – 11/9/15

FRIENDSHIP, ME – An era has ended. Winfield “Winnie” Lash – boat builder, designer, and co-founder of Lash Brothers Boatyard back in 1946 – passed away on November 9. He was predeceased by his son, Wesley A. Lash, in 2013.  Wesley had taken over the reins of the Lash Brothers shop in 1984 when his …

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New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center announces summer programs; search for permanent home

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The story and history of New Bedford’s culturally rich and diverse fishing community is now being shared through the efforts of a newly established non-profit organization, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Inc. (FHC). FHC activities already underway include:   A monthly film series;   A 12-week school residency;   A …

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Wind, waves sink Miss Sambvca: A harrowing account of the rescue

GLOUCESTER, MA – On the evening of October 19, Tyler McLaughlin of the National Geographic Channel’s hit television series “Wicked Tuna” and his mate, Stephen Field, were fishing for bluefin tuna about 10 miles east of Gloucester on McLaughlin’s boat Pin Wheel. Filming of the show was over for the season, so the two men …

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