We are committed to a culture that we can be proud of, and our name is meant to always remind us.
Hawkins Point is a fishing ground on the Grand Banks in the Northern Atlantic Ocean where generations of Gloucesterman made a living laying long baited lines from small 18-foot dories.
Heather Morris Kyer, our CEO and Co-founder, has family roots in this community, where Gloucester doryman Stephen Olson (Heather’s Great Grandfather) worked and lived. Sadly, in 1935 Stephen lost contact with his schooner and was never seen again. In a quest to discover what might have happened to his Grandfather and what a doryman’s life was like, Stephen’s Grandson and Heather’s Father, John N. Morris, spent ten years researching and eventually publishing Alone at Sea: Gloucester in the Age of the Dorymen [1623 – 1939] – a complete history of the Gloucester fishermen. [copyright 2010, Published by Commonwealth Editions, Beverly Massachusetts].
Through the years, we have been privileged to learn about this man, these people, and this community. Alone at Sea provides a unique glimpse into their lives and the community in which they lived. Heather’s father says that there was a certain cliquiness in being a Gloucesterman. By all accounts, Stephen Olson was a trusted shipmate, a dedicated family man, a skilled fisherman, and a kind and decent man.
Stephens’s second daughter Gerda said, “I remembered my mother saying, Papa was a kind man, a gentle man, a family man.” While home Stephen almost always had a small pencil in his hand, sketching images of dories, sloops, and schooners, while talking to his children of everyday life. Gerda recalled a special Christmas when her father was home from sea. She walked through the neighborhood with her father, and her sister Romaine. As they did, one of Stephen’s friends stopped and said, “Stephen, this has to be one of the happiest times of your life.” He smiled, looked at his two girls and responded, “yes, I realize that, I know how fortunate I am.” He then turned to Gerda and Romaine and said in Swedish, “Dona en bra men hemma et bast,” which translates, “To be away is good, but to come home is best.”
Morris concludes…”What men, what vessels, what a community. The life was hard, but there was much to love and honor in the Gloucestermen. They worked ‘alone at sea,’ and the community has been enriched by their presence.”
We commit ourselves to this core value system, by being trustworthy, skilled at our craft, committed to excellence, and dedicated to our families. By doing this, we improve the quality of life of all of those that we work with, we become part of something special, and we honor the character of our past generations.