Why I Love Shrimp Boats
Photo taken on the South Carolina Coast
I Love Shrimp Boats!
Shrimp Boats fascinate me. The horrific Oil Leak of 2010 really had me thinking a lot about the them and their owners. My prayers certainly continue to go out to the shrimpers, their families, and their communities.
I was an adult by the time I actually saw one up close and ever since then I have been so intrigued by them. There is just something mystical about them and I could watch one for hours as they make their way through the ocean. I was so inspired after the first time I saw one that I painted the picture below.
Would I like to work on a Shrimp Boat or Trawler? I probably would not last one hour but I can certainly enjoy their beauty from the shore and certainly appreciate those who do work on them.
I think it is so sad that there are so few of them remaining on our South Carolina Coast.
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by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams
I painted this from a photo I took in Edisto, South Carolina for my husband in 1975 which was the year we started dating. It hung in our den for many years and now hangs in my office. It was painted with lots of love using acrylics. Our son has asked for this painting so one day we will give it to him but for now we are continuing to enjoy.
I haven't done much serious painting for the past few years but plan to get back to it.
Shrimp Boat Painting by Nancy Hellams
Enjoy listening to this as you scroll and read
Jo Stafford and Shrimp Boats A Comin
I am so proud to own the piano music. Such a treasure!
According to Wikipedia, Jo sold more records than any other female artist in 1955.
Once you get this song on your mind, it is hard to get it off. I love the tune. Yes, I will be humming it for the rest of the day. It almost always puts me in a happier mood as I go about my daily routine with this song on my mind.
Be sure to read the fun story below about a reader who sent me the sheet music by Jo Stafford. I think the sheet music would be great framed and hung near my painting. What do you think?
A Fun Surprise From A Reader
South Carolina Low Country Scene - Photo by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams
Video Made In Edisto - by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams
I was told in 2009 that the Sara Jane was the only Shrimp Boat that actually stayed on Edisto Island. The others that you see are from surrounding locations. I was also told that they were in the process of building a new Shrimp Boat so maybe we will see it on this year's visit. From time to time I hear that the shrimping industry is actually improving and staging a comeback. I sure hope that is correct information.
The Sarah Jane at Edisto
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What do you think of Shrimp Boats?
Looking Through The Sea Oats
Edisto Seafood - Fontaine Fishing Charters
My Interview With Fontaine Charters
Bubba talking about Shrimp on Forest Gump
Shrimp Boats have such character! - They are very interesting and picturesque
My Two Most Favorite Places To Watch The Shrimp Boats - Edisto Island SC and Shem Creek Inn in Mt Pleasant SC
Each year I look forward to my annual trip to Edisto with about 7 other women. We just lazy around and read and watch the ocean. It is so relaxing and really a whole lot of fun. When we were younger, we kept busy all during the day sightseeing or walking on the beach. Now, we are perfectly content to curl up with a good book on the porch.My husband and I love to go to Mt. Pleasant, SC and stay at Shem Creek Inn. I can be totally entertained just sitting on the balcony of our room. Of course, we always get a room facing the creek side. It is about $20 more but well worth it.We also love to go to Wild Dunes and have some very special friends who let us use their condo sometimes.
It has been too long since my last visit to the coast and I am ready to head that way soon! I want to sit back and enjoy watching the beautiful Shrimp Boats.
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