As well as supplying ships for the War of Independence, Skopelos also launched a sizeable fishing fleet, in the 19th century constructing the biggest fleet in the Northern Sporades, with over ninety large ships at sea. That fleet has shrunk since the days when a historian could write that most families had a share in a boat, but the island’s ports still see dozens of boats, large and small, set out most mornings to pursue this most under-appreciated of professions, risking life to put a meal on a plate.