Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week Marty visited with Richard Arnold, the last captain of the gill netter Phyllis A. now undergoing an extensive restoration at Gloucester Marine Railways.

 Phyllis A was built by Richard’s father in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1925. Richard skippered her from 1972 until the boat and he both retired in 2000. The boat is named for Richard’s sister, who, at age 4, helped christen the vessel.

Here, compressed into a few minutes, is the shared story of Phyllis A and Captain Richard Arnold.



Video © Marty Luster 2013

Color photo © Kathy Chapman 2013

Image of Phyllis A. at Arnold’s Wharf ©Fredrik D Bodin 2013

Thanks to the Phyllis A. Marine Association for the use of their archival photos
and to SaveCapeAnn for footage of Phyllis A at sea.


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