I should add, the first time I saw this, I had no clue what the heck it was. I posted a view of it taken from the other side. I was pretty sure a few of the people that had commercial fishermen in their families would know what it was and enlighten me. And, they did. I was amazed at how many knew what it was and in some cases, still had them. But, I bet most of them aren't blended into the scenery as well as this one is. A piece of the Hovland history, for sure.
I spent a bit of time just standing on the rocks ~ watching the waves roll in. I wondered about the times he had to go out and pick those herring or trout in some of this rough weather we get on the North Shore. He was a tough old fisherman, for sure. They had to be. I had noticed how gnarled his fingers were from years of picking nets.....way back when. I'm sure the old fishermen must have had their share of arthritis from picking all those fish in that cold water.
I never used to get quite as interested in all the old fishing history around here as I do now. I watched it and knew several of the old fishermen. I guess I just took it for granted ~ like a lot of younger people do. Now ~ when I look at some of this stuff and think about it ~ I appreciate it a lot more, I think.