Seawater in Their Veins
Port Clyde has been sending fishermen to sea for generations, the products of their fathers' and grandfather's legacies. The community takes a great deal of pride in its fishing past, and its role sustaining and protecting the culture of fishing livelihoods in the Northeast. But with these traditional livelihoods come sacrifices for fishermen and their families. Salt students Sara Franklin, Frances Harlow and Elizabeth Pastrofield-Li paid a visit to Port Clyde and interviewed several longtime residents, including the president of the Port Clyde Fishermen's Cooperative and two fishermen's wives. In this video, the women articulate the challenges of watching their husbands continually journey out to see for several days at a time, parenting children in a fishing household, and the impact of losing fishermen at sea.