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“Shrimp Trawler Fleet” - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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    The town of Mount Pleasant retains the charm of an old seacoast village in many respects, particularly in the picturesque fleet of shrimp boats along wharves on popular Shem Creek. Shem is an old Indian name that refers to a place where the waters are harvested, and since colonial times, this creek that flows into Charleston harbor has featured seafood in abundance.

   The most effective and timeless technique has been trawling – dragging weighted nets along the sea floor behind boats to scoop up shrimp, crabs and fish. Most of the current Shem Creek fleet is little changed in concept since the turn of the 20th century – flat-bottomed hulls with high gunwales, carrying a superstructure of outriggers that are winched down to lee and starboard, dragging heavy fiber nets as diesel engines chug slowly back and forth just off the coast.

  To keep the nets open wide during the trawl, wooden “doors” are lowered into the nets, flat side forward, to spread the force of water. Weights attached to an extra-heavy bottom seam keep the lower part of the net bouncing along the ocean floor, kicking sea life up into the trapping mesh. A typical single trawl may take more than an hour, during which time nets can fill with tons of catch.  To measure progress and assure time is not wasted with the burden of winching in the huge, heavy net, a considerably-smaller “try” net is dragged briefly overboard to sample the catch.

   Winching in the big nets is a mammoth task made easier  by machine, but the mountain of marine life still has to be sorted by hand when dumped on deck. This can be particularly interesting when the catch includes varieties of shark, small enough to get trapped, but feisty and toothy enough to take off a finger.

  The singular outline of outriggers spread wide offshore or arching high over  dripping nets as the fleet returns down the narrow creek is a memorable one, and from restaurants, shops and boats, onlookers marvel at the steadfast crews that come back from long days at sea with decks piled high.



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