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 is part one of a two or three part series on the family business Felicia Oil, located in Gloucester’s Fort. The first installment focuses on Sam Nicastro, Captain of the Trawler Felicia. He is pictured standing with her in 1948 at Fiesta and onboard landing a mako shark. In the second photo, Sam is in the first row, second from the left, aboard Captain Joe Ciaramitaro’s boat, the Benjamin C. At that time there were over 200 boats in the Gloucester fleet.
In 1952 Leslie Jones photographed F/V Felicia iced over coming into Boston’s fish pier. Five years later Sam would venture into the fuel business, servicing fishing vessels in Gloucester Harbor.