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The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay.

Those interested in the history of Chesapeake Bay commercial fishing will also find "The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay" by John Hurt Whitehead, III, of interest, though for different reasons. Published by the Cornell Maritime Press, Inc., P.O. Box 456, Centreville, MD 21617, it is a beautifully photographed documentary of life on the water.

The text is spare, but reflects the words of the watermen themselves and enhances the generally excellent photographs of a unique way of life that, in some ways, has changed little in decades. It is more of a coffee-table type photo book, but one that accurately portrays the rough, and sometimes difficult, way of life of the commercial fisherman, crabber, oysterman, etc., and it would be an interesting companion volume to the other historical treatises on Chesapeake Bay commercial fishing. Hardbound, the 168-page volume presents nearly 200 full-color photos, and costs $24.95.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 1988
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