The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 19, 1951 · Page 13
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 13

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, August 19, 1951
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EDITORIALS FEATURES CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS.. SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1951 SECTION B FARM RANCH: S AMUSEMENTS: 10, 11 · T -wrvt · ^ "t v ^ ' t »*"·» »;N v ^' \ \ ^.- ^i^^fi-* 5 ^ !** "*» «f\ V "*** BEHIND IT ALL^-Shrimp like these being unloaded from the 'Wild Goose' are the reason for the boats with their crewmen and nets which make the L-head Cor- pu§ Christi's fishermen's wharf. Shrimp trawling activity is at a high level now.. The L-head is popular with sightseers. COMMON SCENE--The mending of nets is a job always with fishermen, something like the weeds which plague farmers. This crewman aboard the deep sea trawler 'Faye' is hard at the job of patching a net damaged during the last trip. L-Head 'Fishermen's Wharf Adds to Bayfront Atmosphere IMPRINT OF-THE SEA--Salty air -and water act upon the m'en who^draw a living from the sea, as well as the boats they sa'iL It's no easy life.: , -;'-··-; . :· . ., .*. HOT WORK--This ice man sweats over a cake of ice soon to be loaded aboard the 'Three Friends.' By HENRY L. ALSMEYEK. JK. The bayfront L-bead is many things to many people. Fislicrmen call it home port, and use if for half a dozen other tilings. Some young couples remember it as the spot where they became engaged. An artist may recall a calm morning when the water mirrored \he rising sun. The L-head for whatever it means to ?.ny of a hundred persons has become Corpus Christi's version of the picUns esque fishermen's wharf to be found in San Francisco and a number of East Coast towns. Like the sea there is a universality about the places where boatmen make their contact with the shore.. Here are the men of many sections and varied ancestry. Countless days and nights spent at sea have "tchcd their faces, toughened their hands and sometimes left them scarred. Here are the men who talk of fishing anywhere in the Gulf of Mexico and in other seas. Occasionally a boat with a Florida town as home port ties up to unload a cargo of shrimp caught off Mexico. The fishing industry took up its L-head site after VJ Day. How much more it can and will develop there is problematical. A sure cinch is that the combination of water, sky»and fishing equipment will continue to draw sightseers. STOCKING UP FOR A TRIP--This 'Three Friends' crewman puts groceries atop the ice which will laterbe used to preserve the shrimp. It takes plenty of food while a fisherman does his rugged job. "CATCHING" THE SCENE--This visiting student uses his drawing pencil to record a scene of the sea, sky and fishing boats, with the Corpus Christi skyline in the background. VISITING FISHERMEN--The L-head without its rod and reel anglers would be something like Christmas without a tree. ^ / *»' Ik RETURNING TO THE WATER--This cabin cruiser is being launched after an overhaul job. The L-head ramp is used for njany sizes of boat*. EVER-PRESENT--Seashore birds wheel and soar over the bayfront in a never-ending spectacle. Their appetite, also helps keep the area clean. PREPARING SHRIMP--The crew of a, small boat is joined by other workers in preparing shrimp for the market in something like an old-fashioned corn husking bee. These men and many others like them do a job which has changed little in substance over the years. (Staff photos by Henry L. Alsmeyer, Jr.)

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