Cleated. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

July 18, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Securing blissful moments of summer freedom in memory


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Cleated 20220711 850_1064CleatedA cleat on the dock connecting us to Dutch Harbor and beyond on a summer evening in Jamestown, Rhode Island

Cleated at Dutch Harbor

Cleated at Dutch Harbor 20220711 850_1059Cleated at Dutch HarborThe sun plays across an early summer evening at Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, Rhode Island

There are few things as inspiring as a sunset. There is nothing more elemental than air and water. On the water, the common representations of freedom are boats. And the thing that marries them all together is a cleat on a dock.

In this case at Dutch Harbor, the ancient, rusted, and still serviceable cleat is not tethered. There are no lines attached at the illuminated wood grain on the floating dock. While moored, the people aboard the boats for the evening are free.

The sun will set. The waves drifting through the Dutch Harbor will make their soothing gurgling sound. The evening breeze will keep the bugs away. And this cleat will secure blissful moments of summer freedom in memory.


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