Capt. Dave Marciano, a Gloucester fisherman among the stars of the National Geographic reality TV hit “Wicked Tuna,” heard from an 8-year-old fan this week who wanted to break her piggy bank and give the Gloucester fishing captain all her change when she learned that his boat had sunk.
Second-grader Allison Wishnov of North Wales, Pa., watches the television series with her family. Marciano is her favorite captain.
“Her mouth dropped open when she saw his boat sank, she immediately said ‘we have to help him,’:” the girl’s mother wrote in an email to the Times in an effort to reach Marciano. “I said maybe we could send a few dollars to help him rebuild and that I was sure he would appreciate even a few dollars.”
The mother and daughter debated how much to send, because the girl wanted to send the captain her $100 bill from her piggy bank. But Marciano settled that debate when he replied to the family with the following email:
“Hi guys. Don’t worry, Humpty Dumpty is all back together again!” he wrote. “Thanks very much for your concern. I had insurance and many friends helped me. We are fishing now and she is better than ever — new engine wiring and electronics.
“I have all the stuff now to teach those other guys a lesson in season 3,” he added. “Have a great summer.”
He also invited the family to meet him and see the boat if they get up this way.
Marciano’s boat, Hard Merchandise, sank last December while in dock at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Although the sinking was news on Cape Ann, “Wicked Tuna” fans did not learn about it until many months later, when it was revealed on one of the show’s episodes in Season 2.
Allison, as it turns out, wasn’t the only child with concern about Marciano’s plight. Marciano said he received an email Friday from two more fans — a father and another 9-year old girl.