The trip down the Point has taken many directions over the past 70 years. "The Point" as it is referred to most often, is actually the Port of Galilee. Men have fished out of this port for decades, starting way before the breakwalls and the Escape Road were there. The people who lived there were poor; they made a scant living and fed their families on what they could catch off the beaches. This book is a take off on the book Salt of the Sea which preceded it. More stories had to be told which are important to the history of the port. Without the businesses, the fishermen, their family support at home, and the vari¬ous people they worked with and communicated with along the way, Galilee would not have become a prosperous port. As a sister to three fishermen and daughter to a retired fisherman of Point Judith, I felt the port deserved recognition; these stories come from those who spent their lives down the Point. Friends of the Point Judith fishermen from Martha's Vineyard and Stoning¬ton have memories too, of times out at sea where they developed a kinship with fellow fishermen who shared the ocean; their stories are sacred. On your trip down the Point you will discover fascinating facts about work¬ing and living in the commercial fishing industry. The wives tell their tales, the neighbors share what it was like to live there, and fishermen recall their experiences. Business owners shed light on their importance and now many have family members that carried on the tradition of working in the fishing industry. Fishermen and those who work in the industry have worked very hard to keep their businesses thriving. Their vessels and businesses increased in size, as did most other industries in the world. The technological advanc¬es enabled them to get bigger and better through the years, but for them, things have turned and not for the better. Down the Point conveys the reality of the situation!
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Book Description Self Published, Point Judith, Rhode Island, 2015. Paperback; First Printing. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Paper Covers. Very minor wear on the clean, sound binding. Contents are almost as new. ; First Printing of the First Edition. 8-1/2" Tall, 208pp. PAPER COVERS. B/w photo-illustrated Cover is considerably lighter than posterboard. AMERICANA. "Guldemond, the daughter of one fisherman and sister to three others, is uniquely qualified to help people from the village of Galilee, Rhode lsland, one of the most important commercial fishing centers in the U.S., tell their stories, having gone to sea aboard her family's vessels. The stories collected herein put you on the decks of storm-tossed vessels, on the shop floors of the shoreside industries formed to support the fleet, and in the kitchens of the wives who waited for their husband's return. As the industry shrinks under today's harsh realities, this book serves as a reminder of the importance of our maritime past by introducing us to the people who have traveled down to the Point for decades. " Scores of b/w photos. Bookseller Inventory # 42618