Don’t Miss It: Trawlers Of The South


Don’t miss John E. Adams ‘An American Brushstroke – The Trawlers of The South’ on view now at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum through September 30th during regular museum hours – Monday – Saturday 9 am – 4:30 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

Artist statement:

I started my career in 1978 working on small wooden craft in Northern California as a commercial Salmon Fisherman and Sea Urchin Diver, then spent 20 years in the Navy on several other vessels traveling to almost every ocean in the world and I still love boats. They have been such a large part of my life and with this project I am bringing together a series of images to reflect my heartfelt visions and inspirations through the lens of a camera.

During my 47-year photographic journey nothing has touched me as deeply as this work, shooting the vessels of some of our greatest unsung heroes, the American Fisherman.

In 2013, I completed a project titled The Evanescent Trawlers of the South, a photography study of the disappearing beautiful hand-crafted wooden Shrimp Fishing Trawlers of the South through a retrospective view. The goal of the project was to capture the essence of the hidden beauty of the last rare and quickly passing wooden vessels that remain in the industry.

In 2017 I completed a second project An American Brushstroke – The Trawlers of The Gulf States to capture another amazing layer of commercial working craft in the Shrimping industry today, built on experience, necessity and with just as much pride and yet another region of the country that I was unable to cover with the Evanescent project, Texas.

During my travels on both trips, I drove over 7,950 miles shot over 15,600 images, the final 681 images online at for this project represent over 500 hours of post-processing work time.