, Newburyport, MA


June 4, 2014

A very moving tribute from charter boat captain

To the editor:

I’m writing this letter to you as requested by a member of your staff who had listened to a message I had left a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to tell all I could about a chartered fishing trip that I as a member of the Derrick party had booked with Eastman’s fishing charter service out of Seabrook.

We had chartered a 35-foot boat from Eastman’s for a full-day fishing trip for cod and haddock. The fishing was great, but the government had raised the limit on the size of the fish, so most of the catch were an inch short. What a shame. We would have really filled our freezers.

Why I had called was because when we got to our fishing spot about three hours out to sea, we met up with a sister ship and much larger party boat from the same company. Our captain, Ralf MacDonald, had put a bunch of flowers on his dash. I was wondering what that was all about. The captain kind of said to hold on. We crept around the back side of the larger party boat and threw the flowers into the water. It was to show respect for a woman who had passed who loved to charter with them.

I was and am so moved by this action that my party had no idea was going to happen on our trip. I wanted to write to you and have as many people hear of this happening, to have all see after reading about this, that this kind of thing is what is missing in our world these days. No one cares or has respect for themselves and others. The all-mighty dollar. Shame on us for becoming like this. It is our fault. We taught our kids this new uncaring way of life.

Well, it’s not OK with me.

Thank you so very much to Eastman’s and our captain, Ralf MacDonald, of his boat F/U Melanie Jeanne. I will never forget my day at sea with you.

Michael W. Greene


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