By Larry S. Chowning.
A gem of a book about the life of a select group of watermen from Tangier Island, Virginia. Tangier is a small island in Chesapeake Bay, about 10 miles below the Maryland state line that was settled over 300 years ago by a rather independent, somewhat eccentric group of people-many descended from Revolutionary War loyalists. The focus of the book, Larry Chowning’s first, is on Elmer Crockett, the Barcat skipper of the title. Born on Tangier in 1903, Mr. Crockett shared the reminiscences of his lifelong occupation as a waterman. Sometimes two or more events have been woven together, sometimes names have been changed, a poetic license taken, but-all in all- the tales are a true mirror of life on Tangier. This is the real stuff, told by a natural-born storyteller, recorded by a sensitive reporter with an ear for the turn of phrase and the rhythm of the island speech. Re-issued and autographed by the author. A great gift.
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