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Town mourns Massachusetts waterfront advocate

Northeast waterfront advocate and writer Anita "Tink" Martin of Winthrop, Mass., died Sept. 28.

For many years she wrote the "Around the Waterfront" column in the Winthrop Transcript.

“She was a tireless advocate for the harbor, for clammers and fishermen, for sailing, for water quality, safer boating, protecting our watersheds, estuaries and harbors, for educating folks about our aquatic world; enjoying it, protecting it and navigating it safely,” friend Josh Aranov wrote in an email to Soundings Trade Only.

“Tink was co-author of ‘A Cruising Guide to Narragansett Bay and The South Coast of Massachusetts,’ among other accomplishments, which my wife and I made frequent use of while cruising our coastline,” Aranov wrote. “She was something of an expert on tides and tidal phenomena [and] in fact once used to travel the coast from NYC to Calais selling the Eldridge Tide and Pilot book.”

Martin was a contributing writer to "Cruising Guide to the New England Coast" and Boating Almanac and previously wrote a column for Offshore Magazine. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Columbia University and was a commander in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

“Tink Martin was an advocate for the clam digger, lobsterman, fisherman and anyone else that made their daily bread from the sea,” Winthrop resident Richard Honan told the paper. “She just had it in her blood, the need to get out the news about anything marine-oriented.”

“I’ve known Tink Martin since I came to Winthrop in 1983,” councilor Russell Sanford told the paper. “She knew everything about the waterfront, the waterways and the harbor. I enjoyed her column each week in the Transcript. It was always very interesting and always had a point of view that conservation was first and foremost. She was very dedicated to the waterfront and she loved the water and the ocean. We’ll miss her.”

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