A One-Eyed Irishman

Old Ben Shanahan was a one-eyed Irishman, a dory fisherman recruited from the Gloucester fleet by Codfish Kelly to come to Seattle and fish the Bering Sea. That was before the first great war, the war to end wars. In his book Salt of the Sea, the Pacific Coast Cod Fishery and the Last Days of Sail, Captain Ed Shields remembers Ben Shanahan with fondness.

"He had only one eye;" Shields writes, "the other one had been lost during a barroom brawl… How the others looked after the fight was a question never answered, but we all figured that if Ben lost an eye, the other men fared much worse."

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