The Seiners

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The Seiners by James Brendan Connolly

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An exhilarating picture of the sea -- the daily incidents attendant upon the business of fishing at the height of a prosperous season; the arduous, all-night labour of "dressing down" a big catch; the tingling excitement of the drive for market; the wholesome joy of the daily friendly contest with wind and wave.

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ls--thirty-six or thirty-eight feet long, green or blue bottoms to just above the waterline so that it would show, and above that all clear white except for the blue or red or yellow or green decorations that some skippers liked. And the seines that went with them were coming in wagons from the net and twine factory, tanned brown or tarred black and all ready to be hauled on to the vessels' decks or stowed in the holds below, until the fleet should be in among the mackerel to the south'ard--off Hatteras or Cape May or somewhere down that way.

To feel all that and the rest of it--to walk to the tops of your shoes in pine chips in the spar yards, to measure the lengths of booms and gaffs for yourself if you weren't sure who were going to spread the big mainsails, to go up in the sail-lofts and see the sailmakers, bench after bench of them, making their needles and the long waxed threads fly through the canvas that it seemed a pity wasn't to stay so white forever--to see them spread the canvas out along t

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