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Hope For a Good Season

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Hope For a Good Season, text by Carmine Prioli, Photos by Edwin Martin.
The people who lived near Cape Lookout on North Carolina's Core Banks were a hardy band of fishermen and whale hunters. Driven inland by devastating storms, many settled on nearby Harkers Island, where they and their descendants continued their seafaring ways, fishing and becoming widely known for building distinctive boats. But modern times brought new opportunities and drastic change. Outsiders came; land prices soared; fishing stocks dwindled; tourists arrived in droves. But some Harkers Island natives still cling to tradition, facing each new year with hope for a good season. It is they who are featured in this book about a way of life that is soon to disappear.