In 1991, as a young man, writer Crash Barry moved to Matinicus, Maine‘s most remote inhabited island. Two years living in a fishshack and working as a sternman on a lobster boat didn‘t make Crash an expert on Matinicus, but it was a long enough immersion to study a unique society with a wannabe poet‘s brain, filtered through a thick lens of drugs, youth and hard work. Remember, be careful on Tough Island.
Despite its remoteness, Matinicus is a microcosm of modern American society. Ruled by gossip and slander. Rife with substance abuse and marital discord. Over time, the archetypes revealed themselves: The angel, the hero, the loner, drunk, the cheater, the molester, the abuser, the thief, the suicide...
After getting out of the U.S. Coast Guard, Crash moves to Matinicus, Maine's most remote inhabited island to work as a sternman aboard a lobster boat, The Dotted Eye. And he meets his new boss, Captain Donald, and his wife, Mary-Margaret.
This week on Tough island, Maine, Crash moves into his room in Captain Donald’s fishhouse. Also, he goes for a motorcycle ride. And we meet Deputy Jerold Day, the first cop to ever live on Matinicus, Maine's most remote inhabited island.
Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerold Day gets run off the island and Crash almost crashes Captain Donald’s boat. Plus, an underwater graveyard and how to dispose of an old vehicle or an ancient washing machine, island-style.
This week on Tough Island, Maine, the “Perfect Storm of 1991” strikes outer Penobscot Bay, Crash almost dies (a couple of times) and the story of the January 1992 sinking of the tugboat Harkness during a winter gale. Luckily, Captain Vance Bunker, a true hero, willingly heads into the storm.