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Beautiful swimmers

watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay

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An edition of Beautiful swimmers (1976)

Beautiful swimmers

watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay

  • 5.00 ·
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  • 11 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 1 Have read

There was a time when the Chesapeake Bay produced more fish, crabs, clams, oysters... well, more seafood than any other place on earth. Possibly more MEAT per acre than anywhere else on earth. The author does a wonderful, entertaining job of informing the reader of the history of this one bay - and how our use of it reflects the history of all fisheries world wide. Now, mind you, I'm going from memory. My copy of the book has been packed away during several moves. This book is more than just the history of seafood in the bay. It's a story of families, businesses, species and the growth of a young country.

This is a must-read book if your family came from "The Eastern Shore" or if you want to learn more about the long term impact of uncontrolled harvest or pollution on fragile ecosystems. This is one of those books that I consider required reading for jr. or high school. English, Biology or Sociology, a report based on this with the addition of information from the last thirty years would bring tears to the eyes of any teacher (or at least an "A" for a report grade).

I grew up "goin' down 'ta shore" where we would eat bushels of tomatoes and "ersters", always "rare". Where some families had homes built so far out in the water the only land they had was a piece the size of a king size bed out front so they could git mail deelivered. If there was a garage, it was full of duck decoys and nets and had a roof built out the back for the boat. I grew up hearing the women in the parlor talking babies, recipes and gossip. If I was quiet, I could sneak down the hallway to the "Men" out on the porch talking huntin' - smoking pipes ('cause Mom-mom, Ethyl, Pearl and Vergie don't allow ceegars in the house). I'm 55 this year, and this book talked about people I knew. I used to think all "old people" talked like that - but it's Eastern Shore. A language, a way of living and a place. And because of greed, most of it's gone. Don't let it happen again. And if you're lucky... go and visit the little towns, the islands, the wildlife and the FABULOUS food and people. Don't miss the Fritter Festival on Assategue Island. Read the book.

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Penguin Books
Language
English
Pages
304

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Cover of: Beautiful Swimmers
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
2021, Little Brown & Company
in English
Cover of: Beautiful Swimmers
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
Nov 11, 2013, Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing
audio cd
Cover of: Beautiful swimmers
Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
1994, Little, Brown
in English - 1st Back Bay ed.
Cover of: Beautiful swimmers
Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
1987, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Beautiful swimmers
Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
1977, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Beautiful swimmers
Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
1977, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Beautiful swimmers
Beautiful swimmers: watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay
1976, Little, Brown
in English - 1st ed.

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Edition Notes

Reprint. Originally published: Harmondsworth, England ; New York : Penguin Books, 1977.

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Series
Penguin nature library

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
639/.542
Library of Congress
SH380.45.U5 W37 1987

The Physical Object

Pagination
xvii, 304 p. :
Number of pages
304

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2728698M
Internet Archive
beautifulswimmer00warn_0
ISBN 10
0140170049
LCCN
86022658
Library Thing
70204
Goodreads
128828

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