Off the picturesque shoreline of New Hampshire and Maine lie eight islands collectively known as the Isles of Shoals. Since the famous English explorer John Smith first set foot on them in 1614, the Isles of Shoals have experienced numerous changes. The once thriving fishing communities suffered many hard years before and after the American Revolution. Since the 1800s, the Isles of Shoals have been revived as a place where travelers, artists and writers can find inspiration and relaxation. The austere beauty of the rocky shores has influenced such notable figures as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Childe Hassam, Sarah Orne Jewett and the poet laureate of the islands, Celia Laighton Thaxter, as well as lesser-known fishers and fishwives, sailors and visitors of the past and present.
In this volume, Russell M. Lawson has evoked the fascinating history of the islands, from their discovery to the end of the nineteenth century. It is a must-read for all "Shoalers" who, like the hardy mariners and inspired artists of the past, follow the call of the sea to the Isles of Shoals.
About the Author
Russell M. Lawson lived in New Hampshire for nine years and spent six in the Portsmouth area. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, Merrimack College, College of St. Joseph, Bradford College, Northern Essex and now Bacone College in Oklahoma. He has previously published several books and articles, including the History Press title Piscataqua Valley in the Age of Sail.
Table of ContentsOn Star Island 11
Smith's Isles 13
God's Port 33
Fisher of Men 49
Tyng's Revival 63
Ebb and Flow 79
Hawthorne's Search 101
Postscript: The Lure of the Sea 115
About the Author 125