Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stories of Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford with Tim Cranston

Based on a popular walking tour, noted Rhode Island historian Tim Cranston narrates Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford. Using the fine homes to tell the history of Wickford village, Cranston describes the state's more colorful mariners who lived in them, as well as how Wickford village began and how it flourished across the centuries. The film makes its debut on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m., with encores on Saturday, May 7 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 6 p.m. as part of the ongoing Rhode Island PBS series, Rhode Island Stories. 

As our tour guide, Tim Cranston also provides broader perspective in Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford about the village's relevance to the Triangle Trade, the Revolutionary War, Rhode Island's colonial past, privateering and piracy, the Victorian Gilded Age of Newport, transportation and commerce in 18th and 19th Century New England, and the early fishing and boating industries in the region.

The documentary is the work of Rhode Island filmmaker Edward Brassard (Maple Syrup in Rhode Island) and California-based film editor Gloria D'Alessandro.