The Sea Hunter, a 45-foot scalloper built around 1989, is one of the youngest vessels in the Provincetown fleet. And Scott Rorro, born in 1965, is one of the youngest captains. But the marine tradition personified by Rorro goes back generations, at least as far as Joseph J. Macara (b ±1879) and Mary Carmen (Lopes) Macara (b ±1882), both from Olhao, Portugal, who met on the boat on their way to America. They were wed in 1902. Their son Joseph E. Macara (1904-2000) founded Land’s End Marine Supply. Their daughter Mary wed Ernest M. Tarvis, master of the draggers Mermaid and Three of Us. His step-brother, Loring A. Russell (±1913-2004), was master of the dragger Wellington. The Tarvises’ daughter, Naomi Irene, married Michael Angelo Rorro in 1964. A year later, Scott was born.
Rorro purchased the Sea Hunter in 2004, when she was about 15 years old. She is 18 feet abeam, draws 9½ feet and is powered by a Cummins KT 1150 engine. The fish hold has a 45,000 pound capacity. She takes a crew of three, including Rorro. At the time we spoke in 2010, he was fishing on Stellwagen Bank, but Sea Hunter has also been known to go as far afield as the Delmarva scalloping ground off Maryland. (“Cape Tip Fishermen Make Ends Meet in Mid-Atlantic,”