"Maiden Voyage" by Bob Doxsee

stood out from Horn Island - on our way across the Gulf on a straight line tract
two thousand miles from N.Y. U.S.A. a one way journey - we won't be back
beautiful weather and slick calm sea strip across was peaches and cream
slipped around the Florida Keys picked up four knots in the swift Gulf Stream
ship fast and able with a willing crew we were really making fine time
boiling up that long road so blue fourteen knots on the hundred fathom line
southerly breeze began to blow fair wind astern and following sea
wind blew harder aloft and slow sea built up precipitously
head up astern then roar thundering by every sea drives us closer to home
on the crest of each wave we'd take wing and flythen be left behind in a smother of foam
sped along by a mountain running wild - running free
we lunge and surge like a thing alive charged with high velocity
here comes a big one bow up UP! SUNNYSIDE! the good ship knows far better than we couldn't pitch pole if she tried off Diamond Shoals came northerly line squalls a driving
gritted our teeth and took it - what could we do all wind and water - we did some diving
beat to windward and weathered on thru during the blow we held fast wind and sea subsided after a while two days to home port at long last sailed up to the dock in fine style
they say "the sea is so large and my boat so small" there are days when time and tide batter us  faced a gale wind and gave it her  all and cut her eye teeth rounding Hatteras


Bob Doxsee: Deep Sea Clamming
by Nancy Solomon

Bob Doxsee, the owner of Doxsee Sea Clam Company, carries on the traditions of his family, one of the older families to settle on the south shore of Long Island. The Doxsees began as farmers and fishermen, including James H. Doxsee who was born in Islip in 1825. In 1865, the Doxsees opened the first Long Island clam processing plant in Islip, which ran until c.1900. In 1900, one branch of the Doxsee clan moved to North Carolina, where they continue to make Doxsee can clam juice and clams. Bobís grandfather John C. Doxsee opened the Deep Sea Fish Company in Islip, setting ocean pound traps off Fire Island. In 1919, Bob Doxsee Sr., who later became the mayor of Freeport, moved the family operations to Meadow Island near Point Lookout, where the Doxsees and their workers lived in bay houses. In 1933, the company moved to Point Lookout, where it remains today.

The Bright Eye Fish Company, as the company was known then, continued the tradition of setting ocean pound traps, where they caught and sold flounder, fluke and many other local species of fish. The company was so named because fresh fish have bright eyes. Today, the Doxsee Sea Clam Company, also known as Off-Shore Seafood, sells mostly raw clams that are caught offshore on their two boats, the Day Star and the Bright Eye IV. You can find daughter Beth Doxsee at the Union Square Market in New York City on Saturdays. They also educate the public and fellow fishermen on the pressures that large fishing companies put on small family-owned operations. At the same time Bob Doxsee preserves his family history through photographs that have been passed down through his family, along with poems that capture the spirit of commercial fishermen. Long Island Traditions salutes Doxsee and others like him for their perseverance and dedication.


 

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