By Robert Parsons
At the extreme extent of our vision, the sea and sky merge together, becoming only a line on the horizon. Sailors and fishers exist in a fragile, self-contained world – the ship – which serves to separate sea and sky. Ever subject to the elements of weather, wind and sea, these individuals, particularly in times past, survived through their skill and knowledge, coupled with a propensity for hard work under trying circumstances. That so many survived is a testament to that skill and knowledge; when skill and knowledge weren’t sufficient, survival usually became a matter of good luck. The eighty stories in Between Sea and Sky tell of courage, hardship, self-sacrifice, misadventure, and plain good luck.