In Search of Ellen Marie

by Rachel Rowley Spaulding



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/2/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781480810433
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781480810440
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 186
ISBN : 9781480810457

About the Book

When author Rachel Rowley Spaulding first saw a copy of the painting of a fishing boat’s wheelhouse, she passed. Later, when presented with the chance to acquire the original painting, she knew she had to have it. Inspired by the rich colors (and the lure of a great story), she began a quest to find the Ellen Marie, the boat in the painting.
This story is really about a boat’s life, as well as the lives of people and their power to affect others. A fisherman in South Bristol, Maine, put his work on hold to chat and share an important clue in Spaulding’s search. Ellen Marie’s captain of the 1960s and ‘70s in New Bedford, Massachusetts challenged her stereotypical thinking about fishermen and took her on an imaginary trip to Georges Bank. Another captain generously shared his time, even inviting her on board a working vessel to clarify her understanding of the fishing process.
Ultimately, In Search of Ellen Marie is about being human and experiencing denial when life seems unbelievable. Spaulding learns compassion as she witnesses the grief of loved ones left behind when fishermen lose their lives at sea. It’s about the author’s awe-inspiring realization that she is now a part of a historic era that is endangered—a time of classic wood commercial fishing boats manned by a unique breed of courageous fishermen. It’s the story of connections, passions, and great pride.

About the Author

Rachel Rowley Spaulding holds a business degree from Boston University and has worked primarily in the financial field. She gained her writing education from UMass Dartmouth. A native of Cape Cod, Rachel now lives close to New Bedford, the historic fishing port she has come to love.