By Tom Clavin
Darkish midday is the enchanting new version of a fateful day at sea. it's also a narrative of the postwar American dream as skilled within the fishing village of Montauk, manhattan, the place fish have been cash and the place optimism and luck went hand in hand. And it’s a narrative of the tip of an period, while one poor catastrophe replaced the fishing tradition of a filthy rich port eternally. “Meticulously researched. a desirable story.”--Distinction “A high-quality reportorial activity that builds to a taut and suspenseful climax of marvelous element. The harrowing description of fellows gaff-hooked out of the churning swells is unforgettable.”--The self sufficient
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Every few minutes, streaks of headlights piercing the dark signaled the arrival of more charter captains and mates, the bobbing red glows of their cigarettes marking their progress from cars to coffee shop. Later, when the head-boat skippers began their breakfast shift, some would simply stagger up the dock from their boats, where they slept. Houses, money in the bank, community standing—that was what many head-boat skippers hoped to find in the pot at the end of the Montauk rainbow. Tom Clav in 7 3 Word on the docks for Saturday, September 1, was that striped bass would be in good supply for the charter boats and porgies for the open boats, thousands more of them than there would be hooks to snare them.
Then came trouble. A hurricane devastated Miami Beach in 1926, and attempts to rebuild used up most of the money that Fisher hadn’t committed to the development of Montauk. The Wall Street crash of 1929 followed, and Fisher, heavily in debt, saw his resources and visitors vanish. Several of his Montauk projects remained unfinished, and a few others closed their doors; they would remain empty for decades. The Star Island Casino continued to operate under a new owner. It shut down, though, after a raid by the anti-alcohol Suffolk County district attorney on Labor Day 1936.
As dawn approached, a few workers carrying lanterns hosed down the Fishangri-la docks. Every few minutes, streaks of headlights piercing the dark signaled the arrival of more charter captains and mates, the bobbing red glows of their cigarettes marking their progress from cars to coffee shop. Later, when the head-boat skippers began their breakfast shift, some would simply stagger up the dock from their boats, where they slept. Houses, money in the bank, community standing—that was what many head-boat skippers hoped to find in the pot at the end of the Montauk rainbow.