Friday, July 27, 2012
Fishing boat turning back to nature
Kerchunk was a large, stout man who aways had a mouth full of chewing tobacco, which he would regularly invite me to enjoy. Seeing the brown stains around his mouth and missing teeth, I refrained. I always admired his tough work ethic and generally friendly disposition and his occasional dirty limericks.
On a recent visit back to Cornucopia I noticed Kerchunk's boat, The Eagle, was on exhibit at the beach. Despite being roped off and sitting high off the ground, the boat was decomposing.
While there are still a few commercial fishermen working on Lake Superior's south shore, I'm confident that there will never be another like Johnny Sveda.