We visited Deb Shrader and Captain Ronnie Shrader in their home in Fairhaven. They shared with us their collection of special objects, many of which Ronnie has brought back from his scalloping trips. Here’s a selection.
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Deb Shrader created this display case for the things her husband brought up from the sea, and beloved items they’ve received as gifts over the years.
Ronnie is the captain of F/V Tradition.
A fossilized scallop pressed into rock.
Ronnie explained how these old wooden rope pulls would have allowed for nets and sails to be hoisted, before hydraulics.
These are old scrub brushes that would have been used on decks.
A New England Mastodon tooth.
Fossilized shells are pressed into this huge stone.
Fossilized scallops and pristine shells.
An old wooden hammer, with the handle worn away by the waves.
A fossilized oyster.
A recent find: a beam from an old ship, with the copper tie still in place.
Ronnie brought these up from the basement, and they fell apart as we looked at them. Another mastodon tooth and a tusk.
Ronnie and Deb in front of Deb’s favorite picture in the house: it reminds her of herself, looking out to sea and waiting for him to come home.