Friday, March 26, 2010

Neptune



I don't think I have seen this boat before.  While looking around online however, I sooned learned why that is. The Neptune is the sole vessel in the Stonington fleet that fishes for Royal Red Shrimp. Travelling hundreds of miles offshore, she is often at sea for several days at a time. Built in 1967 by Blount Marine of Warren, Rhode Island, the vessel is 76 feet long.
I recently finished reading The Last Fish Tale by Mark Kurlansky, which takes a rather somber look at the commercial fishing industry in Gloucester. While Stonington is not Gloucester, or even Pt Judith, it does surprise me to discover that there is a local boat fishing for shrimp.
A few days after our recent nor'easter, I saw her lying quiet and still along the south pier of the Stonington docks. Her outriggers and nets all shrouded in fog. The one and only shrimp boat in Connecticut's last remaining commercial fishing fleet.

UCONN Seagrant: Royal Red Shrimp- Stonington's Secret
Soundbounder: Stonington Fishing Fleet
CT Coastal Access Guide: Stonington Town Docks
New York Times: Stonington Red Is Catching On
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is a nice article for the New York Times that mentions the Neptune and Royal Red Shrimp.
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/30/nyregion/deep-water-discovery-virtually-unknown-few-years-ago-stonington-red-catching.html?pagewanted=all

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

That is really interesting, and pleasing to know that there is at least one local shrimping boat out there.

I totally fell in love with Stonington when I traveled there a couple of years ago. It is such a gorgeous town.

jeannette said...

Your photos caught the Neptune quite painterly in the fog!

Whitemist said...

This is neat! great PHOTOS AND A STORY TO BOOT!
thank YOU!

will said...

i like. hope you're well.

Bethany said...

Wow, cool photos, interesting story. Almost like you saw a ghost.

Loved your cell phone rant on my blog. Thanks!

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matthew houskeeper said...

Thanks Anonymous. I wasn't aware of that story. Thank you. I am going to add it as a link.

Erin,
Yeah, it has lost some of the original character, but it is still a special place.

Jeannette,
Painterly? That is a very "Jeannettly" thing to say.

Whitemist, Will, and Bethany,
Thanks!