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Alone at Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen, 1623-1939 Hardcover – July 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981943071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981943077
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Anyone interested in the history of Gloucester, the commercial fishing industry on which it was founded and the lives of those who engaged in the trade will want to get a copy of John Morris's Alone At Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen. The book covers the rise of Gloucester as one of the world's biggest and richest fishing ports from the 1700s up to the 1940s.""

About the Author

A native of Gloucester, John N. Morris, PhD, is Director Emeritus of the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, a Harvard-affiliated hospital and research program. He has published widely in his field. Morris’s ancestors have been fishermen going back to the seventeenth century. His father was a Gloucester fish cutter and his mother a fish packer. His grandfather, Stephen Olsson, spent four decades as a Gloucester doryman, until he drowned on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in 1935. Morris’s book opens and closes with stories handed down from Grandpa. Morris is a board member of the group preserving one of the last of the surviving Gloucester schooners, the Adventure. He lives in northern Massachusetts, in the small town of Tyngsboro.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie M. Parker on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was in the Gloucester library researching fishing schooners. The librarian recommended Morris' book. She said he'd been driving into Gloucester to spend his weekends researching his book for a decade. The dedication shows. ALONE AT SEA is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to understand fishing in the age of sail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Fillmore on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This carefully researched book reveals for the first time the glory days of Gloucester, Massachusetts, during the Age of Sail, when the city was North America's premier fishing port. The author's Grandfather, Stephen Olssen, drowned at sea in 1935 after 40 years working as a dory fisherman. His grandson, author Dr. John Morris, has spent ten years researching the life and livelihood of the grandfather he never knew, in so doing, revealing a city and a way of life long gone, and further threatened as NOAA tightens the screws on independent fishermen, further reducing the numbers of the proud and independent fishermen who for centuries have defined the city of Gloucester. Interviews and positive reviews have appeared this month in "Wooden Boat Magazine" [...] , the "Good Morning Gloucester" show, [...] , the Gloucester Daily Times [...], the Newburyport News [...] and on WBUR [...]. A fine and timely book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Murray on January 29, 2011
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For those who are interested in Gloucester, Massachusetts and the fishing industry, this book is a must read. A historical review of the trials and tribulations of fishing in this famous New England port. Includes numerous photographs.
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