The Workboats of Core Sound

Stories and Photographs of a Changing World

By Lawrence S. Earley

176 pp., 10 x 9, 109 duotones, 6 figs., 1 map, glossary, bibl., index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-1064-1
    Published: October 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1065-8
    Published: October 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4521-4
    Published: October 2013

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Along the wide waters of eastern North Carolina, the people of many scattered villages separated by creeks, marshes, and rivers depend on shallow-water boats, both for their livelihoods as fishermen and to maintain connections with one another and with the rest of the world. As Lawrence S. Earley discovered, each workboat has stories to tell, of boatbuilders and fishermen, and of family members and past events associated with these boats. The rich history of these hand-built wooden fishing boats, the people who work them, and the communities they serve lies at the heart of Earley's evocative new book of essays, interviews, and photographs.

In conversations with the region's fishermen and boatbuilders, the author finds webs of decades-old social history and realizes that workboats are critical in maintaining a community's memories and its very sense of identity. Including nearly 100 of Earley's own striking duotones, this richly illustrated book brings to life the world of a fishing culture threatened by local and global forces.

About the Author

Lawrence S. Earley is a writer and photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest.
For more information about Lawrence S. Earley, visit the Author Page.


"Earley's black-and-white photographs. . . . do an excellent job of highlighting Down East fishing culture."--Publishers Weekly

“Not only a beautiful photography book that’s pleasing to look at but one that will prove a valuable record of a way of life that might not be around much longer.”--Sea History

"An extraordinary collection of writing and photographs."--Durham Herald-Sun

“The book is written for the fisher and the layperson alike; Earley, an accomplished nature writer, is most interested in how stories create a deep culture that has sustained itself against the ebbing tide that is modernity.”--Carolina Alumni Review

"Earley illustrates that a boat is not just a boat."--Coastwatch

“An extraordinary collection of writing and photographs.”--Durham Herald Sun

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