The People Time Forgot: Erskin Ebanks

erskin-final-WEBDepending on the weather, every morning, just as the sun was rising (except on Sundays) Erskin Ebanks would cautiously maneuver his 12-foot boat over the West Bay ironshore and head out to sea.

In the vast ocean he would navigate west and return just after midday with his catch.

Sometimes the fish were biting, and sometimes not, but there was no such thing as a bad day of fishing for Mr. Ebanks, even if he came home empty handed.

He once pulled in a 450 pound marlin – with a hand line.

In this photo, taken sometime in the mid-1970s, Mr. Ebanks is pictured cleaning his catch on the ironshore. Mr. Ebanks passed away in 1998.

This photograph is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.