The pictures in this gallery were recently discovered and published for the first time in 1997. They are the final glimpses of Gosport, a New Hampshire town nine miles out to sea with a unique and isolated population. The "Shoalers" were descended from families of fishermen who made this odd collection of islands their home from the early 1600s. Cut off from the mainland, fiercely independent and successful in their industry, the Shoalers were the last true community of local island residents. SeacoastNH.com presents these pictures in their on-line debut.
The photographs were taken by 19th century Isles physician Dr. Joseph W. Warren and included a written inventory of the people and their homes. Even at this time the population of island dwellers was in decline. The centuries-old tight knit community of fishing families was giving way to an era of tourists, hotels and literature embodied in the life of Celia Thaxter on Appledore Island nearby. These are the images that remain of the people of Star Island in a town that was little more than a few rocky points above the ocean. JDR
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Edited by Peter E. Randall and Maryellen Burke With photographs from the collection of Gregory Laing The Portsmouth Marine Society #23 Portsmouth, NH Hardcover.
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