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Randy Wade began working the waters off Harkers Island as a young boy. Wade’s family members also built boats. “I used to hang out with my Uncle Mervin, and he used to build boats and he also shrimped on the side,” related Wade. At age seven, Randy Wade would spend much of his free time with his uncle at his boathouse. Wade transformed that interest into his life’s work as a shrimper. Lean and weather-worn from a lifetime on the water, Mr. Wade sails solo on the waters of Core Sound and off the shores of South Carolina aboard his shrimping boat, Miss Addie. The boat was built by his wife’s father, Julian Morris.