Wes Modes

What This Means

Sometimes as the world falls apart, as the drumbeats of…

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Rediscovering our secret cache of Dr Thunder’s Peachy Fire Whiskey during a shantyboat workday. #shantyboat #secrethistory #firewhiskey

Rediscovering our secret cache of Dr Thunder’s Peachy Fire Whiskey…

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Rediscovering our secret cache of Dr Thunder’s Peachy Fire Whiskey during a shantyboat workday. #shantyboat #secrethistory #firewhiskey

Rediscovering our secret cache of Dr Thunder’s Peachy Fire Whiskey…

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Join our Spring Fundraiser!

We are trying to raise $8000 by Saturday May 26…

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I live on a shantyboat and float major American Rivers to hear people’s stories. Ask me anything

  Our Reddit AMA is live now at https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/8fd7y9/i_live_on_a_shantyboat_and_float_major_american/ We wanted…

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Shantyboat Flyby [VIDEO]

An exterior tour of the Shantyboat Dotty on the Tennessee…

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New York Exhibition Walkthrough [VIDEO]

In July 2018, WhiteBox Art Space in New York is…

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Where we’ll be when on the Hudson River

As you know we are busy preparing our journey on the…

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Furgary Boat Club & Shantytown [VIDEO]

In the city of Hudson, known to tourists for its…

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Norwegian Shantytown located in Red Hook, Brooklyn

This is the Norwegian Shantytown located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.…

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BBC Slow Radio – Life on a shanty boat [AUDIO]

A 20-minute watery odyssey - idling down the Tennessee River…

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BBC Outlook – Building my own ‘shanty boat’ [AUDIO]

Wes Modes has spent the last few summers sailing along…

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BBC Between The Ears – The Shanty Boat [AUDIO]

In a rich tapestry of watery atmosphere, frustration, intimacy, fear…

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We’re Headed to New York

The Hudson River: Environmental fights. Mahican, Munsee and Wappinger removals.…

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The Mysteries of America’s Only Town Built By and For Chinese

We explore various delta towns, including a rare Chinese rural…

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Busy Busy Busy in the State Capitol

Exhibits, new friends, interviews, party boats, and beachcombing in Sacramento

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Interview with Janet Bennett at the Dutra Museum of Dredging

Interview with Janet Bennett at the Dutra Museum of Dredging…

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Interview with Daniela Sartori in Red Bluff about living on the river

Interview with Daniela Sartori in Red Bluff about living on…

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Large wreck under stormy skies on Sevenmile Slough as we drive out of the delta towing the shantyboat

Large wreck under stormy skies on Sevenmile Slough as we…

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Playing cards on the Davis to Sacramento train

Playing cards on the Davis to Sacramento train. We had…

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Beautiful Places Between This and That

After Colusa, the character of the river changed. The levees…

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The Goodman’s visit the shantyboat

The Goodman's visit the shantyboat

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Adorable old houseboats anchored in Little Potato Slough

Adorable old houseboats anchored in Little Potato Slough

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Relaxing in the johnboat among the tule

Relaxing in the johnboat among the tule

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Kim Korth talked about the history of Korth’s Pirate’s Lair Marina and growing up on the Delta

Kim Korth talked about the history of Korth's Pirate's Lair…

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The Fraser Bros were the local butchers, and they would deliver meat to the various ranches

A delta shop boat. "The Fraser Bros were the local…

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Old photos of shantyboats at Wood Island at the Rio Vista Museum

Old photos of shantyboats at Wood Island at the Rio…

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Tim Anderson, boatbuilder, maker, and heirloom technologist at his DeltaFarm

Tim Anderson, boatbuilder, maker, and heirloom technologist at his DeltaFarm,…

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Campfire at Tim Anderson’s DeltaFarm at the confluence of the Mokelumne and San Joaquin Rivers

Campfire at Tim Anderson's DeltaFarm at the confluence of the…

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Why is it that people who own big expensive yachts are loud as fuck?

Why is it that some people who own big expensive…

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The peaceful and rustic back channel behind Snug Harbor

The peaceful and rustic back channel behind Snug Harbor off…

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