Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

RSWLiving - - Departments - —Craig Gar­rett

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.

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