The Tabor Boy Project

James Hutton
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  • Waterford, VA
  • United States
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James Hutton left a comment for Bill Feldman
"Welcome aboard Bill and thanks for joining! I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures, posts, and possibly reconnecting with old shipmates. Please add any pictures that you may have. Again, welcome, Jamie  XO-1979"
Oct 1
James Hutton left a comment for Malcolm C. Young
"Thanks so much for posting the pictures Malcolm!"
Oct 1
James Hutton left a comment for Lauren Kirk
"Lauren, I'm glad to hear that Cap Jay is proving to be a good captain. I sailed with Cap Glaeser and he was an amazing mariner. Jim Geil and I sailed together when he first came to Tabor, under Cap Glaeser in '85. That was the first set of…"
Sep 23
Lauren Kirk left a comment for James Hutton
"Thank you! It certainly is a challenging year, but I'm looking at it as an opportunity to shape the program to be something students continue to love. We all love Cap so much, and I miss sailing with him every day more than I can express. It is…"
Sep 21
James Hutton left a comment for Lauren Kirk
"Welcome aboard Lauren and congratulations on becoming the XO! This is obviously a challenging year and I wish you all the best with it.  I sailed down to Bermuda aboard her for Operation Sail '76 and loved the four years that I aboard her…"
Sep 21
James Hutton left a comment for Orin Meyer
"Welcome aboard Orin! Thanks for joining the group and I hope you enjoy looking through the pictures and reading the posts. I've found it a great way for reconnecting with old shipmates. Please post any pictures that you may have from your time…"
Aug 23
James Hutton left a comment for Peter Swangren
"Welcome aboard Peter! Thank you for joining and I hope that you find some of your old shipmates on this site. Please post any pictures that you may have from your time aboard her. I sailed aboard her in a lot of inclimate weather but I don't…"
May 13
James Hutton left a comment for Charles cecil
"Welcome aboard Charles, Wow, Cap used to talk about the white squall and heading down to Bermuda in a hurricane often. I know that was quite a trip.  I hope you enjoy looking through the cumulative pictures and reading some of the posts.…"
May 12

Profile Information

When did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
'75 to '79, summer '80 and spring '85
How many years did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
Were you a member of the Schooner Crew?
Were you an Officer?
If yes, please provide position (s) and years(s)
Bosun - '78
XO - '79
Did you make any extended voyages? (i.e. Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.)
Caribbean, Bermuda, Maine
Did you participate in "Orientation at Sea" program for new students?
Tabor graduation year:
College attended and year graduated:
Maine Maritime Academy 1984, Clarkson 1988
Do you currently work in the maritime field?
Current Occupation:
Commissioning chief engineer for new construction, OMAO NOAA
Last time you sailed on Tabor Boy?
Do you own currently own a boat?
Valiant 42
Favorite Tabor Boy moment
Sailing through Woods Hole on the way to Nantucket, one late fall day. We sailed her through and found that the wind was blowing even stronger on the Nantucket side. So, Cap told us to reduce sail and Bob Glover and I climbed out on the bowsprit to gather, stop, and secure the outer jib as it came down. Cap pointed her up into the wind and the schooner started a progressive pitch. We worked quickly but it wasn’t long before the bow plunged so that our boots were dipped into the cold water. We continued stopping the sail and securing it to the jib boom as the bow dipped and we were waist deep in the spume. We kept working, and the bow dipped again; this time we were neck deep. Bob and I tied the last stop and scrambled back in before the bow sprit took one more dip into Nantucket Sound. Cap headed off the wind and we continued our way to Nantucket making about ten knots.

“Rock the boat if you can swim!”

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.” 

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First Tabor Boy Female XO!

June 6th, in an email from Bob Thompson, Director of Capital Giving:

 “It was announced this morning in our last Chapel that Holly Francis ’14 of Marion, MA will be next year’s Executive Officer.

As the first female XO, Holly is an extremely competent individual who will lead the schooner in…


Posted on June 8, 2013 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

Sister Ship "No. 6"

“No. 6” was built of steel by the shipyard Piet Smit Jr. in Rotterdam, yard number: 299. Her construction was contracted at the 5th of September 1917, her keel laid in the same year.

She was launched on the 23rd of September 1920 and put into service on the 1st of March 1921 as “Nederlandse Loodsschoener”, a Dutch pilot schooner for the Royal “Loodswezen…


Posted on September 1, 2012 at 6:42pm

Tabor Boy Sister Ship No. 6 Texel

Tabor Boy ’73-’74 XO Jon Barrett manages multiple mega-yachts around the world and found pictures of one of the TABOR BOY’s sister ships while working with a yacht yard. Here is an article of the Sail Yacht No. 6 Texel

Historic Vessel Set For Round-the-World Adventure

“An historic yacht that was first launched in 1920…


Posted on September 1, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

HarborFinder Free Nautical app for Android smart phones

There are a lot of "apps" available for smart phones but here's one that is terrific for the mariner. Class of '79 Bill Earle and his associate at BBN/Rayetheon came up with this free Android app for voyage planning. Bill and his associate would like to get some feedback on the app so download it, have fun with it, and let him know how well it works for you - …


Posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:30am

Another professional mate from the TABOR BOY Program!

Bravo Zulu to Matt Twomey!!!…


Posted on December 4, 2010 at 9:30am

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At 9:17am on September 21, 2020, Lauren Kirk said…

Thank you!

It certainly is a challenging year, but I'm looking at it as an opportunity to shape the program to be something students continue to love. We all love Cap so much, and I miss sailing with him every day more than I can express. It is because of Cap's dedication in training us that we are able to adapt and function well under all these new circumstances.

You'll be happy to know that Capt. Jay is a very qualified, very kind man, and he is up for the task as well.

I'm happy for you and everyone who has gotten to sail on Tabor Boy. Schooner Crew is truly a family.

-Lauren Kirk

At 11:41am on March 13, 2020, Clint Wadsworth said…

I agree with the comment that the Tabor Boy changed, influenced many lives.  Personally after college I started down a pretty standard and boring path in construction management.  From my experience on the Tabor Boy, I learned what really made me happy was the hands on aspect of construction.  Not to bore you with a long history, I will just mention that I am still at it and will be moving a slave cabin 10 miles this spring.  And, that is fun.

In addition, I am signing up for an American Sailing Association program to refresh my knowlege of navigation, maintenance, etc. 

We were the lucky ones at Tabor when we signed on the Tabor Boy for our sport.

At 6:47pm on May 4, 2019, Robert Birch said…

Thanks, Jamie.  There is a Robert Perry Fan Group on Facebook you might want to join since he designed your Valiant 42, which is  fine yacht.

At 11:02am on November 17, 2016, Jonathan Pirkey said…

That's what I hear.  The old wharf is now luxury condos.  Well they aren't making any more land there.

At 6:49pm on March 22, 2015, kipp k. valentine said…
Glad to be back....thanks
At 11:55am on January 10, 2015, John Rice said…
Thanks jamie for kind words about the doc.
At 9:31am on December 10, 2014, Prentice Weathers said…

Thanks, Jamie - fun to have discovered the site. Great job! Getting to sail Morris boats is pretty sweet, but Jon Barrett's the guy with the rock star job! I have the pleasure of crossing paths with him now and then.

It was terrific sailing aboard the Tabor Boy last year at Reunion - first time in 40 years.

The photo insert is of the Tabor Boy in '09. I walked into my office in Bass Harbor, Maine one foggy June morning, looked out my window and behold!!

At 6:13pm on August 3, 2014, Casey Quirk said…

Hi Jamie!  You and I met at reunion last year!  Thanks for welcoming me to this great website!  I just posted that there are Recycled Tabor Boy Sail Bags for Sale.  Let me know if you want one/some:

(-:  Casey

At 2:18pm on August 2, 2014, Kerry Saltonstall said…

Many thanks for the warm welcome!  Hope all is well with you!

At 6:23pm on June 18, 2013, Holly Francis said…


Thank you so much for the comment -- I am honored to be chosen as the XO of the Tabor Boy.  I am extremely excited for the upcoming year!  Hopefully I will see Capt. Glover and Peter Mello; I would love to meet them.  When you come to campus, let me know.  Past schooner crew members are always welcome back aboard for a sail even if you cannot come to reunion.

Thank you again!


XO '14 SSV Tabor Boy





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