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23' mini-trawler
by Schucker

Janice aboard Seaweed,
living the good life afloat...

Trawler life on a nickel budget is possible.
I'm doing it and you can too.

Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Accredited member of Boat Writers International.

Thanks to those who chose to make purchases through my Amazon links found at the upper left corner of each page. This costs you nothing and does help fund my decadence. Plus, I appreciate it loads!!!

My mailing address is: Post Office Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL 33738
15019 Madeira Way, Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL  33708

Date: 9 June 2022. Estate Sale Book Finds.


Like many, I prefer being surrounded by old stuff. There is comfort in the familiar. When I look around Seaweed I see not only my history but that of others. Everywhere I see reminders of friends, both here and those who are no longer with me. I treasure those memories. A new neighbor named Colleen has reintroduced me to Estate Sales where bits of yesterday are available for purchase.

This is Colleen. She enjoys swimming, windsurfing and kayaking.


Fortunately for me, Colleen likes to visit estate sales. I had not frequented these for 20-plus years. It has been a real treat to ride shotgun (front passenger seat in an automobile) on these outings. Recently I scored, and BIG!!!

I found a few bookcases in what appeared to have been a reading room of the first home. The initial book I spotted was Prayers and Graces. Recently S/V Grace had gifted me that lovely pancake maker I spoke of in the
Inverter Friendly Pancake Griddle article. So Graces and Grace... well, I had to purchase this for my friend Janet aboard Grace.

This book was printed in 1951. It is filled with poems for children.
When Janet has a mailing address I will send it right to her.

Having a place to receive mail can be a problem. Many cruisers opt for mail services such as UPS however I chose to rent a Post Office Box. For the curious, my address is Janice aboard Seaweed, PO Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL  33738.

The next book I chose was Pirates, Ships and Sailors
 circa 1950. It appealed to my nautical heritage and life.

There are 42 stories, poems and songs in this 72 year old gem:

Like many boaters, I want to have books aboard that will entertain and amuse my Original and the Newest Grand. This one, Pirates, Ships and Sailors makes me smile. The artwork is fun, and the stories are too.



I could not resist and wanted to share
the first story, Pirate's Cove, with you...

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I know it is silly of me to get such pleasure out of a book I could conceivably have read when I was a tiny tot. This one might indeed have been a part of my youth though I do not yet recall any of the stories within its pages.

I saved the best for last. First though I must take a step down Memory Lane... Years ago I needed to earn money, and wished to do so in the comfort of my own home.

I chose to take care of one of the sweetest little old ladies on the planet. My Frances was a proper Bostonian, born in 1899, grew up with a carriage at her disposal, took the chaperoned tour of France upon graduation, and simply lived a fascinating life. I was fortunate to know her.

This book might have indeed been a
part of her family library way back when...

When I tried researching the title Slumberland I came up with nothing. Then I moved on the the publishers, DeWolfe, Fiske & Co. of Boston. Jackpot! The company was founded in Boston in 1880. It went out of business in 1905. Thus, this gem is at least 117 years old, and could be up to 142 years old as of today in 2022. How cool is that?!?

I can well imagine my Frances reading this book a century ago.


The artwork is beautiful too. This is a *Photograveure.

*Photogravure (Slumberland spells this Photograveure on the title page and Photogravure on the cover) is not a photograph according an article on PBS.org. Rather "the photographer's negative is transferred onto a copper plate, which is used to print or engrave the image with ink."

PBS article: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/stories/articles/2005/2/14/explainer-what-is-photogravur

Because I love the sea, I chose this poem from Slumberland:

Though I am delighted I was able to read and admire this book, it will become a part of Baby's library. She too knew and loved Frances. And now, like you, she has had a peek at what will soon be hers to treasure and enjoy.

Thank you for indulging me while I share my joy at the outing Colleen and I had. Visiting estate sales is fun. Finding three books, all over 70 years old was such a treat. I'm excited to be mailing off the one to Janet, and passing along the Slumberland book to my Baby... of course Pirates will eventually belong to my Grands.

The Newest, walking along a shoreline:


In the meantime, progress is being made aboard Seaweed. I am happy to report that my new wiring for the three battery banks is complete. The upgraded solar regulator and breakers are mounted. Of course I will have to buy more wire because I forgot to order the 6-gauge necessary for the Epever60. I'll get the wire from Genuine Dealz. That company is amazing! I recommend them to all my boat friends.

Thanks so much for indulging me while I share these cool books. More from the waterfront shortly. Thank you for reading.

Comments welcome and encouraged on the Estate Sale Book Finds page.

Categories:  Boats, Books, Characters, Gear, In the Bilges, Locations, Memory Lane,  


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Secret: If you want to know what's what, start in the Archive. It offers you the title, first paragraph and topics (Categories) covered in each article published on my website.

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The Archive holds a chronological list of every item published on my website. It includes a brief synopsis (not just the title) along with the topics covered in each article.

Click on the title and voila: you're there. Enjoy!

Skipper, First Mate extraordinaire

Of course every boat needs a Deck Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix. She weighs in at five pounds.

Coming soon ...


Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life

Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)


For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!

These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.

Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.

The above chart (#411) can be a wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!

The Writer's Block

It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:

1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing

For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory from years ago that you still recall.

Life has changed so much on the water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:

Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to share? Email me.

Do you want to help out?

Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:

  • Pets afloat (include pet and boat name please)

  • Any picture of boats underway or at anchor

  • Photos of people enjoying life in or on the water

Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks bunches!

My email address is janice@janice142.com

Thanks for visiting. If you happen to see my boat along the
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.

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My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.

If I can live this life, why not you too?

Skipper, First Mate

Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.

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