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Sunday, June 8, 2014
I knew Charlie for almost 50 years. Charlie formed the company DECO. He bought two fishing boats. The western-rigged Sankaty and the eastern-rigged Nobadeer. Both sea scallopers. As a little boy I remember the boats used to fish up around Great Round Channel and shell-stock the boats, bring the scallops back to Nantucket and unload them at Straight Wharf into trucks and bring the scallops to Charlie's shanty on Washington Street Extension. I was a lumper. My job was to climb down into the hold of the Sankaty and Nobadeer and shovel the sea scallops into fish totes where they would be winched out of the hold and into the waiting trucks on the wharf. Then I would go to the shanty and stand on a fish tote at the bench and open the scallops all day long.
The shanty was full of Nantucketers opening the sea scallops. It was quite an operation down there at the shanty. Later on I sold my bay scallops to Charlie and opened them at the same shanty. I remember the good old days of commercial bay scalloping when the shanty would be filled with scallops and openers. Those days are long gone. After I opened my scallops and sold them to Charlie I would always sit with him in his office and talk about fishing. Charlie had so many stories he told me about anything fishing and scalloping related. He and Carl Sjolund used to scallop before school every day in the dark. That was before the 6:30 a.m. start time we go by now. Charlie and Carl would have their 12 bags of scallops well before 6:30 every morning.
Charlie was a highliner bay scalloper. He knew every square inch of Nantucket and Madaket harbors. I would always tell him where in the harbor I caught my scallops and he would always know exactly where I was talking about. Charlie had an old black dog named Roxie. He loved that dog. She used to sit under his desk all day in his office. It will be strange not seeing Charlie now as I bring my limit of scallops to his shanty now and be greeted with his usual "Ah-Huh." The waterfront will not be the same with out him.
Posted by Martie at 6:54 AM
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
We lost a good man. Dave Coombs left this world a few months ago. I met Dave the very first day he moved to Nantucket back in the early 80's. He was a fixture down at the waterfront every day up until he died. When Dave first moved here he worked on the sea scallopers the Sankaty and the Nobadeer. After that he ran his own little Novi Boat that he bay scalloped out of. I remember he was always tinkering with that boat. Dave was extremely frugal and fixed everything himself. Dave was good friends with Charlie Sayle. They would sail together on Charlie's sailboat the Argonaut. During the bay scallop season Dave only fished one spot in the harbor. The NW corner of Hussey Shoal. He never went anywhere else. He liked that spot because there was fast water there and huge scallops. Dave never got his 5 bushel limit of scallops at his spot but he always got the biggest ones in the harbor. I opened my scallops down at Sayle's shanty. Dave opened his scallops right beside me. When we were opening Dave would always have a story or two to tell me about boats and fishing, etc. Dave was kinda gruff but when you got to know him you would learn that he had a heart of gold. He was always willing to help me out in any way. I would often visit with Dave in his home on Union Street. He would always like the company. I would sit with him and talk about boats and scalloping. During the summer months he would always like to take his boat out to the end of the east jetty and go scupping. I would see him out there all the time when I was in my boat and pull up to him and have a gam. I'm going to miss that old guy. Here are a few pictures of Dave I took throughout the years.
Posted by Martie at 5:16 PM