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I salute you Michael Smith aboard the proud vessel, Alice Williams

A picture of a man camping on a dock in Boston harbor caught my eye yesterday. Here is the story of the Mainer who wants to live out on the Harbor this winter.

Though I don’t expect our grand children will be reading his literature, I cant help but find some parallels between Mr. Smith and the people of Boston, and the odd Mr. Thoreau and the people of Concord. Both went out and lived alone in places few would find habitable, past the edge of town. Both are drawn to the natural world and appear willing to sacrifice comfort to gain better access to it.

Photo: Steven Senne / AP

Mans home a 14-foot canoe in Boston Harbor – Connecticut Post.

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Afloat in Hong Kong Harbor

photo by Karsten Petersen.  Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Nov 2, 1976

photo by Karsten Petersen. Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter Nov 2, 1976

 I imagine since boats floated, people have made them their homes.  The fishing communities of China must be among the oldest of liveaboard cultures.  These images show the the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter in Hong Kong harbor.  The first image, from 1976, is from an incredible collection of images by Karsten Petersen.  Do not pass up seeing more of his images.

photo by ©UdoSm

This second photo from panaramio shows the same spot about three decades later.  I also found some pictures by  Bernard Tse.  He describes this community as the “remains of the aboriginal boat people.”  In recent images and satellite pictures, it is clear the numbers of people are dwindling from the days off when it appears you could cross the harbor hopping from boat to boat.

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