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  • "Each spring the chebaccos were scraped and caulked and tarred and sent out to the fishing grounds. Once there, the boats were anchored, and the men hand-lined over the side from the low midship rail. Each man had his spot, called a 'berth,' which was chosen by lottery and held throughout the trip.... The shoulder muscles that resulted from a lifetime of such work made fishermen easily recognizable on the street. They were called 'hand-liners' and people got out of their way."

    —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 22–23

    August 17, 2009