SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A New England author and former Wakefield resident has donated more than $1,000 from the profits of her book, “Salt of the Sea, Stories told by the fishermen of Point Judith,” to charities in South County.
Cindy Follett Guldemond, daughter of a Point Judith fisherman, recently wrote and published a book chronicling the stories of former Rhode Island fishermen.
“Salt of the Sea, Stories told by the fishermen of Point Judith,” contains the stories of 28 fishermen, told in their own words. It describes their lives on and off the shore in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, working as fishermen before the advent of modern technology.
“My father would always tell stories,” said Guldemond, who previously worked at local bars and restaurants. “All the fishermen would tell stories. They would come into the bar and tell what had gone on during that trip and stop in and have a drink before leaving to go fishing again. I always heard the news of what was going on, good or bad news, so I began writing down the stories.”
Guldemond quit her job as a nurse two years ago and spent a summer living in Matunuck speaking to fishermen who worked with or knew her father and gathering their stories.
She said she has received a lot of positive response from readers and the families of the fishermen whose stories she chronicled.
“They’ve responded, ‘Thank you for telling my father’s story. I always wanted to do this, I wish I had done it,” Guldemond said, describing the reactions she’s received.
Many local stores, including Wakefield Books, Healy News Store, Champlin’s, Georges of Galilee and others are selling the book and have opted not to take profits from the book’s sales.
As a result of this, Guldemond has made donations to the Point Judith Fishermen’s Scholarship Fund, the Point Judith Fishermen’s Memorial Fund, the Steven P. Follett Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island.
Copies of her book will be available during the Blessing of the Fleet celebration July 27-28. Guldemond will be present to sign the books as well. Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Narragansett Lions Club.
Guldemond will be stationed at Veterans Memorial Park by the Narragansett Pier from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 and 28.
She will also be at George’s Restaurant in Galilee from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 with some of the book’s characters.