CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

May 29, 2014

Between a rock and a hard place for anchovies and Maine settlers

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

For

ANCHOVIES AND EARLY MAINE SETTLERS

(From Pacific to Atlantic oceans)

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The northern anchovies had a choice: be eaten by a predator in their coastal water site or seek shelter in a harbor. They instinctively knew the danger in their waters. They couldn’t predict the danger in the harbor. After all, a harbor is reputed to be a safe haven.

They didn’t know whatever choice they made would be fatal—being eaten by a predator or deprived of oxygen in the harbor. They couldn’t know they would become a pungent-smelling silvery blanket on the harbor’s water surface, which would create a feeding frenzy for harbor seals, pelicans, and seagulls.*

The between-a-rock-and-a-hard place-story took place in Marina Del Rey, California.

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This story takes me back to my time of my ancestral discovery in Maine—to Old Orchard Beach and Thomas Rogers, who wed Esther Foxwell in 1657, to be specific.

Googin's Rocks at Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Googin’s Rocks at Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Thomas was an inhabitant of Old Orchard as early as 1638. He was probably a gardener bred. His house and plantation in Goosefair were near the sea and in the middle line of a   patent. The fruit trees and grape vines he planted, some of which were standing in 1770, led early coastal explorers refer to his cultivated land as Rogers Gardens. The remains of his orchards gave the town its name: Old Orchard.

Then the Indians attacked his house. After a severe struggle, in which some of them were slain, they withdrew. Mr. Rogers and his family immediately moved to Kittery. Having left some goods in his house at Goosefair, his sons and others went to remove them.

Googin's Rocks...

Googin’s Rocks…

Local oral history relates the following story:

 While gathering their belongings Native Americans attacked the Rogers family, which escaped to the out-jutting  rocks on the beach, where they could hide. As the tide rose, they were confronted with a choice: (more…)

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