DAY 112 (04-22-13)
Day 112 of SP… WITH A SMILE MY DAUGHTER SAYS…. “I THOUGHT SALT HAY WOULD BE FOR SEA HORSES…. AND “CONNYHASSIT” WAS A HOT DOG… AND THAT GUNDALOWS ARE A BOAT IN ITALY CAPTAINED BY GUNDALIERS”
WELL……”Connyhassit” (as seen in exposure) is the earliest name for what is now called the Gulf River Estuary. An estuary positioned between my small town of Scituate and the town of Cohasett…. The estuary is around 1300 acres in size and was very important in the early days of colonial settlement… One of its abundant resources, salt hay (seen in the exposure… I think), was a convenient and important source of nourishment for the settlers’ cattle… The salt hay resource was SO essential to the settlers that it influenced the political boundary that now divides Scituate and Cohasset down the middle of the harbor and the Gulf River Estuary…
The salt hay was harvested in the Gulf River’s salt marsh meadows by flat-bottomed boats called gundalows, which were poled along the shallow waters.
Anyways… I found the “Salt Hay” and the symbiosis it must have demanded interesting..
…….and as for the “Gundolier” …occasionally as I drive by Gulf River’s edge I see a modern day SUP (Stand up Paddle board) supping its waterway…. and It brings vision.. no… imagination to my mind of past days when gundaliers and their gundalows were gundalowing the River Gulf waterway, gathering salt hay for my daughter’s seahorses.
Sunrise is to the right of me.