Scallop Divin' In
Some 20 yeahs ago, Oi set out to learn the aht of divin undah watah
with an ayah tank. One of the fust things I done was to go scallop
divin' in Penobscot Bay, a little to the west'ud of Belfahst. Naow,
ye must know that the powahs that be set the season frum Novembuh ta April
fah takin scallop by scoober. This did make it a mite cold afta a
couple or three immersions in the sea! The watah was about thuhty
degrees and it took two or three thermos jugs of hot watah in the wet suit
to prepauh us to go in.
I learnt all I know 'bout scallop divin from Ed
Lord . He had a workin boat and he would take a bunch of us to
the islands to look for places wheah the scallop was hidin. A'coahs
they don't actually hide, but they do know wheah to sit on the bottom in
places wheah the current is the fahstes' and the coastal ships pahss ovuh
head with a deafenin' sound. It was enough to warm up yoah wetsuit
My most favorite dive was one Sunday in Mahch, when the sun was shinin'
and the weatheah was unseasonably wahm. I want ta tell ya, mistah,
that we struck onto a bed of scallops just inside of Islesbruh and seven
of us took in over fi' gallons o' shucked scallops. We wuz shuckin
all the way ta home, dontcha know, and thot, we was nevah goin' ta see
the lahst scallop shell. A'coahs we was fawced ta eat the morsels
that we left in the shell as we wuz shuckin'. Some folks say this
be the only way ta eat a scallop!
Yes suh! By gorry! All in all it wuz the best day of scallopin' thet
we hed evah hed! Ed said that if we could do that every time, we
wouldn't have ta go ta work a'tall.
Well, chummy, I do have some moah stories of life in the state o' Maine,
but they will have ta wait till we meet down the wharf anotha time.
'Member me ta the Missus, will ya?