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James Hutton
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  • Waterford, VA
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James Hutton commented on Kerry Saltonstall's photo

Tabor Boy at Sunset

"Great shot Kerry!"
Nov 18, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for Peter A. Mello
"Hey Peter! How the heck are you? How's the fam? Life's good down here. Went for a sail on the Bay last Saturday with 23 knot sustained winds, one reef in the main and just the stays'le up. It reminded me so much of a fall day on the…"
Oct 12, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for T Wardley
"BTW, please post any pictures if you still have any. You don't have to post the incriminating ones. "
Sep 17, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for T Wardley
"T, welcome aboard my friend and shipmate!!! I've been trying to contact you over the the last many years. I believe the last time I saw you was during Cap's wake at Tabor. I speak frequently to Glover and have maintained contact with Melo,…"
Sep 17, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for J Scott Duncan
"Scott, Thanks for posting the fantastic shots of the Tabor Boy.  Regards, Jamie "
Aug 21, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for Peter Landau
"Peter, Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy this site as much as I have through the years. It's been a great way to reconnect with old shipmates and to read the read of the adventures of others aboard the Tabor Boy. Again, welcome, Jamie '79"
Jul 11, 2015
James Hutton left a comment for Duncan Kelso
"Duncan, Welcome aboard. I'm glad that you found the site and I hope that you have fun looking through the pictures and reading some of the posts. If you have any pictures, please post them. Again, welcome! Jamie Hutton, 1979"
Jul 5, 2015
kipp k. valentine left a comment for James Hutton
"Glad to be back....thanks"
Mar 22, 2015

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…


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…


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 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


At 2:34am on June 12, 2013, Jonathan Lincoln said…

Hey Jamie,

What are you doing weekend of September 19 to 22nd?  Group of us from '88 are heading up to Castine for Alumni weekend....25 years later.



At 4:39pm on January 16, 2013, Rodger Morris said…
No, but I have sailed with "Winger" Morse and Captain Joe Davis aboard Schooner Bill of Rights in the past two years. Both came out to visit with us and sail with us, albeit at different times.

I would love to come out and sail with you after I retire, provided you can use a deck hand in his 60s.
At 4:30pm on January 7, 2013, dino avgerinos said…

Thanks Jamie,

Glad to have found you. 
Perhaps you can help me. I'm interested in obtaining a copy of a photograph taken of the Tabor Boy in the Fall of 1966 before the vessel left for the Thanksgiving cruise to South Carolina for Winter lay up. I think it's the finest picture of her that I've seen so far and am sure other members would agree. The picture was used for the embossed outside cover of the 1967 Tabor Year Book depicting her on a reach, heeled over to the scuppers. The photo was taken from Mrs T, engine red lined to keep from being run over shortly after leaving Sippican Harbor and making sail. 
I'll post this on the forum hoping that someone with access to school records can retrieve it or if someone could scan the 1966 year book cover and post it. I intend to commission a marine artist to render it in oils.
Regards, Dino
At 10:11am on October 12, 2012, John W. Briggs said…

Hi Jamie,

I remember you and our shipmates '76-'77 very well!  I was the guy who worked at Maria Mitchell Observatory on Nantucket later that summer ('77), and when TB sailed in to Nantucket, my buddies made quite am impression in town tracking me down -- and track me down they did!  We went out to the "Chicken Box" afterwards -- a local nightclub!  When I have a chance, I look forwrad to posting some memories here.  This is a wonderful site, and I'm very grateful old shipmates like you are involved with it!  





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