Schooner fishing, a dangerous occupation

A picture says a thousand words, and this old stereoscope card clearly shows the conditions faced by fishermen on a winter trip, and this was a clear, calm night.  Ice had to be chopped from the rigging to prevent the vessel from becoming top heavy and flipping over. Of course, it was impossible to sail with so much ice forming on the lines and ropes. Stereoscopes were a common form of photographic entertainment from before the Civil War up through the end of Eva ‘s life.  A collection of the cards that entertained Eva and her friends has been passed down in the family.  When viewed through a stereoscope, the double picture produces a pronounced 3D effect. 

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