I come from a line of seafaring men on both sides of my family in Gloucester, MA.
When I was a kid I loved listening to my grandmothers tell me about our history. There were grand tales of harpooning swordfish, the giant halibut, the deathly fear of the fog while in the icy waters off Greenland, the unsung bravery of dodging the Germans while running dried cod to the Allies in Europe in WWI. Very exciting stuff for a young man to hear.
My dad recently gave me this restored photo of his mother's paternal grandfather.
This photo shows my great, great grandfather on the right with his brother on the left. It looks like they're bringing up Butterfish in Gloucester Harbor. I don't know when it was taken, but I guessing from their approximate age in the photo, I'm guessing around 1885.
I wonder if they wore bowties all the time, or if they planned on snazzing things up because they had commissioned a photographer that day.
Anyway, I was examining this photo this morning and thought I would share it with you friends here who might enjoy a look at it.
Wonder what they shaved with...