Ep. 11 — When the Tides Change [Part II]

You just go again tomorrow.
— Stuart Vorpahl


Stuart Vorpahl is a lifelong commercial fisherman who took pride in providing the fresh produce of the sea. Stuart liked his job. He liked it so much that when regulation and politics threatened it, he ignored the old sayings and squared up against town hall.

On the surface, it might seem as if Stuart was just really passionate about fishing, and he was. But his fight was about something bigger.

We continue the second part of Stuart Vorpahl’s story—how a commercial fisherman in the Hamptons took on the New York State over his right to fish with a 17th century document from the King of England.


Show Notes

  1. [00:58] “Szaree” by Blue Dot Sessions

  2. [02:28] Part I here on the backstory of Stuart Vorpahl, East Hampton and the Bonnack way of life

  3. [04:25] “Thread Caramb” by Blue Dot Sessions

  4. [07:25] The book Men’s Lives by Peter Matthiessen dives much deeper into this fishing community’s way of life

  5. [08:25] “Stilt” by Blue Dot Sessions

  6. [08:55] “The Scroll that Defined The Town” (The East Hampton Star, 2011)

  7. [10:00] Light reading on Thomas Dongan (Wikipedia)

  8. [11:15] “Mknt” by Blue Dot Sessions

  9. [12:45] The East Hampton Town Trustees

  10. [13:00] Background on Diane McNally (The East Hampton Star)

  11. [14:00] A slice of life on some of the homes here (Vanity Fair, 2015)

  12. [14:10] Background on Larry Cantwell (The East Hampton Star, 2013)

  13. [15:35] “Intent Micro” by Blue Dot Sessions

  14. [17:45] Background on Gordon Colvin (The East Hampton Star, 1997)

  15. [18:22]  “Domina Transit” by Blue Dot Sessions

  16. [21:00] Background on Russell Drumm. He passed away in January 2016. (The East Hampton Star, 2016)

  17. [23:20] “Denzel Sprak” by Blue Dot Sessions

  18. [25:45] Background on Stephen Grossman (The East Hampton Star, 2011)

  19. [26:25] “Wahre” by Blue Dot Sessions

  20. [26:45] See: Bass Wars (The East Hampton Star, 2012)

  21. [27:35] A digital copy of Stuart’s brief.

  22. [27:50] U.S. Constitution Article 1 Section 10

  23. [28:08] Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward (Wikipedia)

  24. [32:20] Background on Dave Aripotch (The East Hampton Press, 2009)

  25. [33:00] “The Longshoreman” by Blue Dot Sessions

  26. [35:05] One of the cases where Stuart’s case was dismissed on a technicality. (The New York Times, 2002)

  27. [36:00] Background on Daniel Rogers (The Southampton Press, 2015)

  28. [39:00] On Southampton’s battles with the Dongan patent (The Southampton Press, 2016)

  29. [40:50] “Bidous Transit” by Blue Dot Sessions

  30. [41:00] On the battle over Truck Beach (The Southampton Press, 2016)

  31. [46:15] Background on Bonnie Brady

  32. [46:40] “Awanee” by Blue Dot Sessions

  33. [51:05] “Ewa Valley” by Blue Dot Sessions

  34. [55:30] “Suzy Textile” by Blue Dot Sessions