The sixth annual gathering of men and women Working on the Water is set for Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum at Sharp's Point South, 75 Mechanic St.

Gordon Bok hosts the gathering of fisher(wo)men, mariners, pilots, clam cops, and scientists — people who have made at least part of their living on the water — for an afternoon of sharing stories, poems, songs, journals and family anecdotes with each other and a like-minded audience. Patterned after the highly successful West Coast FisherPoets Gathering, this event has been so well received it has spawned a similar event in Portland hosted by the Maine Maritime Museum.

Joining Working on the Water this year will be river driver David Calder; merchant mariner and sailor Capt. Andy Chase; "Lobster Doc" Diane Cowan; lobsterman poet Jack Merrill; folk musician, composer, poet and sculptor Gordon Bok; and Capt. Richard "Kip" Files, who has made his living in commercial and large sailing vessels. Each presentation will be between 10 and 20 minutes long and contain original, family-friendly material.

The event also will include a time for audience members to briefly share an experience of their own. Anyone who wishes to be included in that portion should contact Britta Konau at Bok’s office, 236-2707 or

Admission will be $5, free for children younger than 12.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or