Celebrating Southwest Floridians
For those wondering about life at sea, a retired Fort Myers Beach shrimper has stories for you. Gustav “Gus” Bahruth has penned I Never Met A Boat I Didn’t Love, a memoir of his time as a boy gathering clams and crabs in New York’s Great South Bay to his career as a big-league shrimpboat skipper in Southwest Florida. Self-published, Bahruth’s 172-page memoir shares insight from a boat captain’s perspective beginning in the 1950s. He would retire with his wife to wander America’s waterways. “The family, myself in particular, always had a special love for boats,” Bahruth writes in his book, which he sells at festivals, online and at boating events in Florida. “It has taken us lots of places, shown us lots of hard times and good times.”
Bahruth’s story recounts astonishing exploits― including near death in the Bermuda Triangle and dressing his crew in straw hats to resemble Mexican shrimpers―that defy belief. The book includes photos of early Florida shrimping. It is available on Amazon and select locations. “Life was good,” Bahruth, who is now 80, says. “The biggest sacrifice is being away from family.”
Retired shrimper Gustav “Gus” Bahruth has written about his life.