Afloat on the Tide: Wooden Dinghies, Prams, Skiffs and Other Rowboats

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Sheridan House, 2009 - Photography - 207 pages
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All along the Atlantic coast, from Newport to Nova Scotia, there are charming harbors that beckon you with names such as Sorrento, Friendship, Roque Bluffs, Seal Cove, Fishers Landing, and Birch Harbor. Dinghies are a mainstay of these harbors. These small boats, including prams, skiffs, and tenders, can be very rudimentary in their design or works of exceptional craftsmanship. Dinghies remain at the ready, in service to their owners. They provide safe passage between the docks, floats, and shore and the lobster boats, yachts, and other large craft moored in the deeper waters of the harbor. The wooden dinghy is symbolic of the people and landscape of these coastal regions: hard working, pragmatic, picturesque, and rugged.

Paired with quotations from great thinkers, and the short story "Rowboat" from author Peter H. Spectre, the photographs in Afloat on the Tide offer a reflective journey through the strikingly beautiful world of small wooden craft.

"No matter what condition a wooden dinghy is in, it is always a classic. . . . Every photograph tells its own story. Play a game and try to guess how each boat in this book is used. Some dinghies transport people while others carry goods. Some are for leisure and others for commerce. But regardless of its purpose, time spent in a dinghy is always special. . ." Gary Jobson

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About the author (2009)

Nancy Rich has been photographing the rowboats of the Atlantic Coast for a decade. She has exhibited her collection, Nor'eastern Dinghies, in numerous galleries and shows in New England, and her photographs appear in Gary Jobson's film Maine Built Boats: Art and Soul.Peter H. Spectre, a renowned writer with a lifelong appreciation of the sea and its traditions, is the former editor of WoodenBoat magazine and the current editor of Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors. He is the author of A Mariner's Miscellany, and the annual Mariner's Book of Days (Sheridan House).

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