For this July 4th we’re celebrating with an all-day marathon of Wicked Tuna. Founded in America’s oldest commercial fishing seaport, Gloucester, MA, Wicked Tuna dives into the lives of a special breed of American fisherman.
Fishing is Gloucester’s signature industry, established in the early 1600’s nearly two centuries before the first Independence Day celebration in 1776. Early Pilgrims began to settle into the area and prospered by relying on fish to feed their families, trade, and maintain a livelihood. A community that was founded, much like the rest of America, on the idea that everyone has to pitch in to make it work; the same “all hands on deck” attitude remains on the boats of the Wicked Tuna teams today.
The founding fathers of our nation proposed that all men should have the freedom to live the way they want and work to earn a living the best way they can; for the Wicked Tuna crew, they are maintaining a lifestyle that was founded generations before them. These men grew up fishing and celebrate that freedom every day. Click here to check out photos of Wicked Tuna Captains back in the day.
Tuna fishing is a hard-working industry, filled with brutal competition, where men pioneer their own livelihood on the seas. Much like the fore fathers of America, the indelible promise of success and doing what they love far outweigh the daily hardships and sacrifices they make. Their story is part of the American Story; the American dream lives on!