Former ship’s captain wins Bancroft Prize
Seafarer-turned-scholar W. Jeffrey Bolster has won the 2013 Bancroft Prize for “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail” (Harvard University). Bolster, a resident of Portsmouth, N.H., got his first boat at age 12 and spent 10 years as a ship’s captain after graduating from college. He has fished in Georges Bank and Maine’s Muscongus Bay, off Cape Hatteras, and in Delaware Bay. That was before he realized the magnitude of the changes affecting the ocean’s bounty.