Brooks Townes

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A staff writer & editor for the National Fisherman long ago in Camden, Maine, Townes has also been a daily newspaperman, a boatyard worker, boat deliverer and a commercial fisherman. He once managed San Francisco Maritime Museum’s square-rigger, the Balclutha. He reports the old Mainer and he took to nodding at one another when they passed. Retired now in Port Townsend, Townes said “This all came to mind when I decided my back porch ceiling here needs painting come spring. When you’re out there and look up on grey winter days you’ll be able and see sky-blue.”




So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

The Insights of Tralfamadorians and Quakers

Port Townsend author JoAnne Tompkins's novel What Comes After was the winner of the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize runner up in fiction award...

Managing Fishermen, Just for the Halibut

Sometime soon, halibut will return to tables from Port Townsend to Manhattan. It will be excellent fish, pearly white, never frozen, fresh off the...

Cherishing Our Actual Lives Beneath the Clouds

I lived most of my life in the Southwest, far from the upper left-hand corner of this country.  How did I encounter Mike O’Connor...