It has filled him with fear and taken him to foreign shores.
It has given him pleasurable days and soot-filled nights.
And it was literally his family’s lifesaver during the Great Depression.
It is saltwater, and the only creatures that have spent more time around it than Ralph Varnam have gills.
Varnam, a World War II veteran, has crossed the Atlantic Ocean more than two dozen times. And that doesn’t even take into account all the years he spent clamming, oystering, shrimping, dredging and tugboating.