Orleans was named after the Louis Phillipe II, The Duke of Orleans, in appreciation of his support for the Colonies and reflective of the town having been occupied twice by the British and their subsequent disdain for any reminder of the experience.
Key ground fish stocks that supported the Fishing industry included Cod, Haddock, Redfish and Flounder. Ice harvesting from the town's fresh water ponds and the Salt Works built along its streams also helped support the shipping of both daily catches and Salt Cod.
The image shown is of a long line fisherman who probably spent his mornings in a dory offshore and cleaned his fish that afternoon. The cleaned fish would then be dried on racks called "flakes." Rows of these fishing huts lined many of the salt ponds and estuaries up and down the Cape.
Fishermen in the North Atlantic had a high mortality rate and a single terrible storm in 1841 killed 57 fishermen from the Town of Truro alone.
Over time, as the stocks diminished or collapsed and the Fishing industry struggled, the shacks found new homes as havens of solitude for a generation of late 19th Century would-be seaside enthusiasts answering the call of nature as evoked by Henry David Thoreau.
One of the great works to enjoy from just such a naturalist is "Outermost House" by Henry Beston. In his months spent in solitude on just such a shack on the Outer Cape, he discovered the many flocks of migratory birds that depend upon the Cape as part of what would come to be called the Great Atlantic Flyway.
Plastic Frame and Body
4 watt bulb included
Glow vent casts light upward
Adjustable tines to fit any socket
Approximate Night Light Dimensions 4.125" (w) x 3.375 (h) x 2.5" (d)