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Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay


Before Salt or Cod there was Beautiful Swimmers, a book about everything blue crab. Actually, this book is as much a study of Chesapeake watermen, but can you really separate the watermen from the crabs? Not on your life.

I grew up on the Eastern Shore and William Warner gets the watermen right, for the most part. Watermen always call each other "honey", for instance. The watermen are extremely hard working and independent and by the end of this book, I had a lot of respect for what they do. 


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More recent (and more first-hand) than Warner's excellent book are "Having My Say: Conversations with Chesapeake Waterman Wylie 'Gator' Abbott" and "Wet and Huntry: An Atlantic Fisherman's Life."


Great suggestions for future reading! Thanks.

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