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The Trawler

The Trawler by James Brendan Connolly
By: (1868-1957)

The Trawler is a short story revolving around the trying life of a group of bank fishermen based in Gloucester. Skipper Hugh Glynn worked his men hard; some said too hard, and Arthur Snow was one who had paid the ultimate price.

Arthur's close friend Simon Kippen decided he'd ask to take the place of his fallen friend aboard Hugh Glynn's vessel as a dory mate, and from there we have a tale of the open seas between Gloucester and Newfoundland where perhaps only the names and locations have changed from the countless stories of similar nature; the key being that this one, however, is first hand.

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James B. Connolly

Author of "Sonnie Boy's People," "Wide Courses," "Out of Gloucester," etc.

NEW YORK Charles Scribner's Sons 1914

Copyright, 1914, by Charles Scribner's Sons

Published November, 1914


To John Snow's home in Gloucester came the tale this night of how Arthur Snow was washed from the deck of Hugh Glynn's vessel and lost at sea; and it was Saul Haverick, his sea clothes still on him, who brought the word.

"I'm telling you, John Snow," said Saul and he out of breath almost with the telling "and others than me will by an' by be telling you, what a black night it was, with a high running sea and wind to blow the last coat o' paint off the vessel, but o' course he had to be the first o' the fleet nothing less would do him to make the market with his big ketch. It was for others, not for him, to show the way to take in sail, he said, and not a full hour before it happened that was." Such was Saul Haverick's ending... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 18, 2016
Subject: The Trawler
A very good short story, really well narrated by Roger Merlin.

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