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Why I Love Shrimp Boats

Photo taken on the South Carolina Coast

Shrimp Boats

Shrimp Boats

I Love Shrimp Boats!

Shrimp Boats fascinate me. The horrific Oil Leak of 2010 really had me thinking a lot about the them and their owners. My prayers certainly continue to go out to the shrimpers, their families, and their communities.

I was an adult by the time I actually saw one up close and ever since then I have been so intrigued by them. There is just something mystical about them and I could watch one for hours as they make their way through the ocean. I was so inspired after the first time I saw one that I painted the picture below.

Would I like to work on a Shrimp Boat or Trawler? I probably would not last one hour but I can certainly enjoy their beauty from the shore and certainly appreciate those who do work on them.

I think it is so sad that there are so few of them remaining on our South Carolina Coast.

Photos on this page are not to be copied without permission.

My Painting

by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams

I painted this from a photo I took in Edisto, South Carolina for my husband in 1975 which was the year we started dating. It hung in our den for many years and now hangs in my office. It was painted with lots of love using acrylics. Our son has asked for this painting so one day we will give it to him but for now we are continuing to enjoy.

I haven't done much serious painting for the past few years but plan to get back to it.

Shrimp Boat Painting by Nancy Hellams

I do have some products on Zazzle using this photo that some might be interested in.  My cousin ordered a print of the painting and was very pleased.

I do have some products on Zazzle using this photo that some might be interested in. My cousin ordered a print of the painting and was very pleased.

Enjoy listening to this as you scroll and read

Jo Stafford and Shrimp Boats A Comin

A Fun Surprise From A Reader

On November 13, 2010 I received this message from an online friend, KathyT: "Hi OhMe! My husband and I often now sing various renditions of the "Shrimp Boats is a Comin'" song as a result of reading your lens a couple months ago (I signed your guest

On November 13, 2010 I received this message from an online friend, KathyT: "Hi OhMe! My husband and I often now sing various renditions of the "Shrimp Boats is a Comin'" song as a result of reading your lens a couple months ago (I signed your guest

South Carolina Low Country Scene - Photo by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams

Can't you just smell the salty air?

Can't you just smell the salty air?

Video Made In Edisto - by OhMe aka Nancy Hellams

I was told in 2009 that the Sara Jane was the only Shrimp Boat that actually stayed on Edisto Island. The others that you see are from surrounding locations. I was also told that they were in the process of building a new Shrimp Boat so maybe we will see it on this year's visit. From time to time I hear that the shrimping industry is actually improving and staging a comeback. I sure hope that is correct information.

The Sarah Jane at Edisto

Join the Poll - Let us hear your answer

You can let me know the details of your experiences in the comments section but until then, please participate in this poll.

Looking Through The Sea Oats

Photo taken by Nancy Hellams aka OhMe

Photo taken by Nancy Hellams aka OhMe

Edisto Seafood - Fontaine Fishing Charters

Fontaine's Fishing Charters

Fontaine's Fishing Charters

My Interview With Fontaine Charters

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Bubba talking about Shrimp on Forest Gump

Shrimp Boats have such character! - They are very interesting and picturesque


My Two Most Favorite Places To Watch The Shrimp Boats - Edisto Island SC and Shem Creek Inn in Mt Pleasant SC

Each year I look forward to my annual trip to Edisto with about 7 other women. We just lazy around and read and watch the ocean. It is so relaxing and really a whole lot of fun. When we were younger, we kept busy all during the day sightseeing or walking on the beach. Now, we are perfectly content to curl up with a good book on the porch.My husband and I love to go to Mt. Pleasant, SC and stay at Shem Creek Inn. I can be totally entertained just sitting on the balcony of our room. Of course, we always get a room facing the creek side. It is about $20 more but well worth it.We also love to go to Wild Dunes and have some very special friends who let us use their condo sometimes.

It has been too long since my last visit to the coast and I am ready to head that way soon! I want to sit back and enjoy watching the beautiful Shrimp Boats.

Thank you for visiting and please let me know you stopped by - Your Comment is important!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 02, 2018:

We made some wonderful memories, for sure!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on March 02, 2018:

oh I do love them!

Sioux on March 02, 2018:

This brought back lots of fun memories.

Connie Rasbury on March 02, 2018:

I loved this one... had forgotten about the tour of the shrimp boat. Fascinating!

Betty DeLorme on March 20, 2015:

Oh, I need a beach trip! There really is something magical about the shrimp boats; I had totally forgotten the song! Love you very special painting!

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on July 23, 2013:

Back to visit your lovely page on Shrimp (Prawn) Boats again!

Gardener Don on May 11, 2013:

Nice photos's. It's amazing how the Gulf has recovered from the oil disaster in 2010 - I understand the shrimp fishery is as good as ever despite the doom & gloom predictions of decades of contamination. Nature is wonderful at recovering itself.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 25, 2013:

@anonymous: It is great to see that you visited this page. Thank you! We love Edisto

anonymous on February 24, 2013:

I was the captain of the Miss Edisto for a few years. Came to Edisto on a shrimp boat in 1990. Still here and lovin it.

victoriahaneveer on January 07, 2013:

I'm pretty sure I've never seen one (well apart from Bubba Gump's vessel on Forrest Gump!) but this is a fascinating lens.

anonymous on October 19, 2012:

I loved your boat and water pictures. I went out on a shrimp boat, it was fun.

craftycollector on September 30, 2012:

Lovely pictures of these woinderful traditional vessels. Thanks.

BeyondRoses on August 06, 2012:

I grew up around coastal Florida, so I've seen many shrimp boats. Your shrimp boat painting is lovely.

Country Sunshine from Texas on June 22, 2012:

I've never seen a shrimp boat, so I find your photos and information interesting. Love your art work as well!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 20, 2012:

I have also a fondness for shrimp boats but it is from the movie Forrest Gump. Shrimping just sort of stuck with me after that.

AlleyCatLane on June 18, 2012:

I grew up in Key West so shrimp boats were a familiar sight. Love your painting.

anonymous on June 09, 2012:

I love your shrimp boat painting! We lived in New Orleans for many years and spent time down around the water where friends had "fishing camps." We loved watching the boats come in with their catches late in the afternoon. What a relaxing, peaceful memory!

7starman on June 06, 2012:

Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing. Working and looking is two different things. I agree. I'm installing an new Boat Tachometers in my center console and its giving me a run for my money. I cannot imagine how hard the work is on these shrimp boats.

julieannbrady on June 01, 2012:

I love shrimp ... and shrimp boats, naturally! Just watched Forest Gump on Memorial Day ... for the umpteenth time. It didn't seem so easy, at first try, to catch a net full of shrimp.

robertzimmerman2 on April 03, 2012:

Thanks, Ohme, for a wonderful look at these icons of aquaculture!

Michey LM on April 01, 2012:

Hi! lot of info I din't know So Thanks

biminibahamas on March 14, 2012:

While out at sea we would spot a shrimp boat and head on over to see if they would trade some tasty shrimp for beer. Done Deal!

firstcliq on March 06, 2012:

Very nice work! I always loved the idea of working on a boat of some sort. I am buidling one now. She is small, only about 14 feet. There is so much heart that goes into just the preparation. The water is such an amazing place to be.

SecondHandJoe LM on February 23, 2012:

Like Brite-Ideas, my first 'experience' with a shrimp boat was by watching Forrest Gump! Now that I've seen this wonderful lens, I want to change my answer in the poll- I wanna work on one!

Patricia on February 20, 2012:

I must have missed your art, but I saw this time. You are very talented! Wow! Good you are not allergic to shrimp anymore as much as you love them or is it just the boats. Enjoyed your lens~!

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on February 14, 2012:

ok, this reminds me of the movie Forrest Gump..."..a shrimpin' boat captain", lol! love that movie, and I love these boats!!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on February 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you so much for commenting. I would love to post a photo of your boat if you would share one. Let me know.

Brandi from Maryland on February 11, 2012:

I never knew so much about shrimp boats...fascinating stuff! :)

anonymous on February 09, 2012:

My family has been shrimping for 60+ years and my husband and I also own boats here in florida.We have shrimped off the coast of S.C. many times and are sure to do it again.I really like youe site and your passion for the shrimping industry,wish more people would take interes.Shrimping in the U.S. is a dying industry. Thank You, Amelia Dixon and Stanley Thompson

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on January 27, 2012:

Awesome! I really enjoyed your photos and stories on shrimp boats. I've spent time on lobster boats in New England (as a guest) and there are many parallels between shrimping and lobster fishing. Nicely done!

JoshK47 on January 16, 2012:

Quite an insightful lens - thank you very much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

anonymous on December 06, 2011:

i enjoyed reading through your's very interesting and learned so much from it. thanks. don't forget to buy the freshest fish and seafood from your trusted fish wholesalers

Dragon 40 on October 30, 2011:

I enjoy searching for new stuff on Squidoo - today's search was for "boats," and the variety has been stunning. Thanks for your contribution!

anonymous on October 22, 2011:

i enjoyed reading through your's very interesting and learned so much from it. thanks. don't forget to buy the freshest fish and seafood from your trusted fish wholesalers

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on October 05, 2011:

@anonymous: I am glad that you found my site and it helped kindle your memories of the Shrimp Boats song. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you had been here! Come back anytime!

anonymous on October 05, 2011:

Recently was attending a retreat at St Christopher's center on johns island...from the balcony one afternoon I spotted a shrimp boat returning home up the edisto old favorite ditty came to mind. Couldn't,remember all the lyrics thus I found ur site. What a delight to realize that of all the sites i could have chosen I chose your site!I am tickled to know that there r no. Coincidences...I was 5yrs old when Jo staffords rendition was recorded-thanks for the memories n for introducing this area of SC to a transplanted northerner.

taliamurphy lm on July 28, 2011:

Love the MS gulf coast and this reminds me of being there! Please check out my Acadian Recipes lens.

Ruthi on July 04, 2011:

Decades ago, I used to camp in the Florida Keys. We'd head for the shrimp boats and buy our dinner right off the boats as they came ashore. Grerat lens, brought back great memories.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 19, 2011:

@ElizabethJeanAl: I always thought that would be a fun thing to do but I seriously doubt if I could physically do it these days. What a treasured memory you made. Thanks for sharing.

ElizabethJeanAl on June 19, 2011:

A few years ago a friend of ours took us out on his shrimp boat as crew. It was a lot of work but an experience that I will always remember.

puzzlerpaige on May 23, 2011:

Ohme, I've just lensrolled this to Shrimp Festivals and How to Peel Shrimp (thought I had already done that one). But the Festivals lens is new. I love your lens. Makes me feel like home.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 17, 2011:

A lucky leprechaun blessing for this interesting lens and added to my United States Travel Angel lens.

robertjohnston on January 20, 2011:

A Really Great Lens with some Very Good Information

Ben Reed from Redcar on January 19, 2011:

Really nice lens - thankyou.

ezpostcard on January 13, 2011:

I love seafoods! Great lens and infos!

devashishseo on January 12, 2011:

Thanks for sharing details about Shrimp Boat.Nice pics and videos attached.PSD TO HTML | CUSTOM LOGO DESIGN | T SHIRT DESIGN SCRIPT | PSD TO WORDPRESS

vickeylynn on January 12, 2011:

Thanks for the pics.... I have never been on one of these boats or actually seen one, but I sure do love to eat shrimp....

ItsAngel LM on January 11, 2011:

Great Lens!

Jhangora LM on January 11, 2011:

Nice pics but I'd rather be on a yacht :)

javr from British Columbia, Canada on January 06, 2011:

The only one I have seen is "Jenny" on the Forrest Gump movie. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

RinchenChodron on December 17, 2010:

Great job I'm lensrolling it to my lens on Diane Wilson activist and shrimper.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Paso Robles, CA on December 12, 2010:

I hate to admit it, but aside from hearing the song, I've never even thought about shrimp boats. Now, thanks to you, I know what they look like, but was unableto hear the song because the video wouldn't load for me. The other videos were fine. I enjoyed watching the one with your interview.

writerkath on December 12, 2010:

Hi again OhMe! Wow! I am so honored that you featured the sheet music and my note to you. You are just amazing - and a true asset to Squidoo. You epitomize the true spirit of Squidoo, and are an inspiration to me to hurry and make some more lenses. Thank you so very, very much for your kind words! I am humbled.Much love,Kath

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on December 11, 2010:

I have never seen but - however I now know/see that not only are you a talented lensmaster but also a talented painter!

MargoPArrowsmith on December 11, 2010:

I never saw one, but I remember that the song "Shrimp Boats" became popular around the 50's. Was it Patti Page?

ohcaroline on December 11, 2010:

Nancy, your photos and paintings are just beautiful. I like that you added your own YouTube too.

CherylsArt on December 11, 2010:

Such a nice update and gift you received. I enjoyed my second visit here as much, if not more than the first.

tssfacts on December 11, 2010:

I have seen shrimp boats on the Florida coast many a times. They sail with such elegance. I have not been on one though. Great article. How about that music sheet how neat is that?

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 11, 2010:

No shrimp boat Christmas ornaments?I've seen the shrimp boats along the Texas coast. Fascinating.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 11, 2010:

I miss watching the shrimp boats I used to be able to see daily while living on Tybee Island, GA, especially now that I am half a country away from the Ocean (Missouri) :). KathyT's story was such fun - thanks for sharing and enjoy your framed sheet music, a perfect complement to your Shrimp Boat painting!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on December 11, 2010:

What a great story about Kathy T...isn't it wonderful how we make friends on Squidoo. Blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

poutine on December 11, 2010:

You are right Squidoo is wonderful and so is Kathy who sent you the sheet music.

BuckHawkcenter on December 11, 2010:

It was one of my favorite childhood memories, to watch the shrimp boats come in and then get fresh shrimp right off the boats for that night's dinner. Your photos are beautiful and I agree. Squidoo is wonderful and the friends are amazing!

anonymous on December 11, 2010:

What a great find Kathy made! How wonderful of her to offer it to you!

irenemaria from Sweden on December 11, 2010:

The closest I have been to one is in the movie Forrest Gump=). but I agree that they look lovely!

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on October 22, 2010:

Beautiful lens. I agree with stargazer--on top of all else, you are a painter, too!! Bravo!!

Christene-S on October 22, 2010:

Funny, the first thing that popped into my head when I clicked on your lens was "Bubba Gump Shrimp" and then saw it mentioned. :)

Dianne Loomos on October 17, 2010:

I did not know you were such a good painter! The shrimp boats are fascinating. I'm glad you are no longer allergic to shrimp! It is such a good treat.

jolou on October 16, 2010:

I really like your photos and the painting is very good also. Haven't been to SC yet but hope to one day.

puzzlerpaige on October 16, 2010:

Stopping back in to say hello! We've been shrimp deprived lately - must get back to a dock and get some fresh shrimp. I see the boats all over the place so I bet they have a good supply.

Holley Web on October 16, 2010:

My parents have a place in Edisto. I'll have to go and check out the shrimp boats next time! :)

fishwholesalers on October 12, 2010:

i enjoyed reading through your's very interesting and learned so much from it. the freshest fish and seafoods from your trusted fish wholesalers

Andy-Po on September 09, 2010:

Excellent lens. I haven't seen these shrimp boats, but your pictures remind me of the small lobster fishing boats I used to watch off the south coast of England, as a child.

eclecticeducati1 on September 02, 2010:

I have never seen a shrimp boat before, but I think it would be cool to get to see one. I love your painting!!! Great lens. Blessed by an Angel.

Tobbie LM on August 22, 2010:

Great pics! I haven't heard that song before 'the shrimp boats is a comin' that's one of those songs that sticks with you for the rest of the day. Great job on this lens--you can almost smell the sea air

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on August 22, 2010:

Nancy i love your painting of the shrimp boat. you are very talented!

taliamurphy lm on August 17, 2010:

What a beautiful lens! I love all of the pictures. It makes me so homesick for LA and the MS gulfcoast!!!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on July 28, 2010:

In New England where I grew up (and still love to vacation) we watched the lobster boats along the coastal waterways - not the big commercial boats but the one-man operations. It's a hard job to bait, load and unload the heavy traps to catch a tasty lobster from the cold Atlantic. I've seen a few shrimpers and I do love the taste of Gulf shrimp. Hopefully the oil won't destroy the habitat for our wildlife and the folks who fish the south coastal bays and sea.

writerkath on July 27, 2010:

What a great lens! Very educational. I will certainly nominate you today... I loved the addition of the YouTube video and "Shrimp Boats is a Comin..." (which I believe featured the lovely voice of Jo Stafford?) I also admire your painting abilities! As one who currently winters on the coast of South Carolina, I occasionally see a shrimp boat out on the ocean, and always wonder what life is like for people who work at sea. You did a great job on behalf of people who work on a shrimp boat. I also add my own good wishes to Pat Boyer, who commented below, and who is hurting these days. Hang in there Pat!...Blessings,Kath :)

norma-holt on July 11, 2010:

Lovely tribute to this activity and those who engage in it. My sympathies to all who are suffering from the oil crisis. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust/tributes and also on my charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 07, 2010:

@anonymous: Yes, it is amazing how different people's observations are and it never dawned on me that there would be folks who objected to the beautiful Shrimp Boat. I am very sorry that you are hurting so. I hope it helps to know there are people who truly appreciate what you do.

anonymous on July 06, 2010:

as I read my comment , I just wanted to say it's amazing how different people's observations are. thanks for the forum . just really hurting

anonymous on July 06, 2010:

your thoughts were so greatly appreaciated. I own a shrimpboat on the westcoast of florida. I am fighting a battle with this little town Iive in because I moor my boat in state navigatable water. All I hear is how awful a shrimpboat is . Very uplifting the way people on here describe a shrimpboat. Your painting is beautiful! wish I could afford to own one.Thanks, Pat

Lisa from Rhode Island on July 04, 2010:

I love visiting Boats and the ocean you made shrimp boats so interesting and attractive I would love to live closer to watch them.

anonymous on July 02, 2010:

Nancy, this is a lovely lens. I particularly like the photo of the shrimp boat through the sea oats and what a lovely painting!I had never really given a thought to shrimp boats until they featured in Forest Gump, but I sure wouldn't mind visiting the shrimp boats in South Carolina!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 01, 2010:

@puzzlerpaige: We love Shem Creek Inn and I spend most of my time sitting on the balcony of our room that overlooks the creek. RBs is still there and I enjoy watching from across the creek. We also enjoy eating at Water's Edge. Oh, I do love Shem Creek!

puzzlerpaige on July 01, 2010:

Had to stop back by. This lens makes me think of home! We used to fish regularly out of Shem Creek on a head boat there. It's not there now, but I have lots of memories from it. We also used to eat at RB's on Shem Creek. I don't know if it's still there or not. It's a wonderful place full of character. I've ceated a few more Zazzle designs and I see they are showing up thanks Ohme!

Michelle Collins from Florida on June 28, 2010:

Great lens! Thank YOU! Nominated!

happynutritionist on June 22, 2010:

This is beautiful, and as I'm looking at it, I realize I've looked at it before and wonder if it was the spark that lit the idea for my Lobster Fishing lens, I'm glad you added this to the plexo, thanks so much, it's great! ~claudia

anonymous on June 22, 2010:

Lovely painting of a shrimp boat, Nancy. If you ever get to Florida, you need to go to Tarpon Springs. It's a Greek community and you can go to the Sponge Docks and watch the boats. Lots of sponges, shrimp, and fish.

Patricia on June 19, 2010:

The photos and painting are awesome! Blessing this lens!

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on June 17, 2010:

I love shrimp. I don't think I could tell the difference between a shrimp boat and a fishing boat. I enjoyed learning about shrimp boats and your painting is wonderful. I voted, too. Best wishes with your charity! :)

anonymous on June 17, 2010:

I have always loved shrimp boats too Nan. Only saw pictures and on videos or TV. This is a fantastic lens. ~ Thumbs-UP! ...and 100% for charity, that's really nice of you. Love you,Susie

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2010:

@TreasuresBrenda: Thanks Brenda. I have never been to Nova Scotia or Ontario. Our dad used to travel to Nova Scotia on business for JP Stevens

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2010:

@Wednesday-Elf: Thanks Pat. Sounds like you are a real shrimp fan

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2010:

@clouda9 lm: Great ones. Thank you.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2010:

@ClassyGals: Oh wow, thank you so much for the nomination and visit.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 16, 2010:

@SusannaDuffy: Thank you so much, Susanna! I think that would be fun to work on a Shrimp Boat. I would have enjoyed that during my younger days.

Susanna Duffy from Melbourne Australia on June 16, 2010:

In my much younger days I would work through summer on the prawn boats in Australia's northern waters. These boats bring back happy memories. Blessed by an angel today

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on June 15, 2010:

Very nicely done! You have me feeling homesick for Nova Scotia. I am landlocked in Ontario.

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