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Tabor Boy Trivia: Name that Spar!

Okay all you salty Tabor Boy aficionados, this morning I had a great visit with Mr. David Barker, former chair of the Tabor Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Tabor Boy 50/90 Celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Barker live on Captain's Lane, just a spar's length away from where Captain Glaeser used to live. Being a good neighbor, soon after he retired, Capt. came over to visit the…


Added by Peter A. Mello on February 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Sad news to report

For those that new Jay Parker, I am sorry to report that Jay passed away Christmas morning after a 2 year illness.

Added by Dave Williams on December 28, 2010 at 7:48pm — 7 Comments

Reunion Hat Requiem

All Schooner Crew members, past, present (somewhere in the USVI) and future may be amused to learn that my 30th Reunion TA ball cap died an honorable death last month in about 80 feet of water between the uninhabited WSW promitory of Peter Is. known as Key Cay, and Pelican Is. in the BVI, within site of St. John. (USVI) I was busy, and my crew was a bit sluggish from theIr previous days revelrie on Yost Van Dyke, but with the help of good weather and some attention to detail, the running…


Added by Matt Twomey '79 on December 9, 2010 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

Another professional mate from the TABOR BOY Program!

Bravo Zulu to Matt Twomey!!!…


Added by James Hutton on December 4, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Innovation that comes from many days at sea

As a marine engineer, I can't help but admire the innovative spirit that comes from long days at sea. The lacking and longing of shore side comforts can lead to a very creative spirit. How else did such devises like the evaporator which produces fresh water from the sea come to be? The Slinky itself was invented by Richard James who was a marine engineer. While I'm not an advocate for the pleasure of alcohol while underway, I…


Added by James Hutton on October 20, 2010 at 9:12am — No Comments

The Future of The Tabor Boy Project

I hope everyone is doing well, enjoying spring weather and making plans for the summer sailing season.

Some of you may be aware that The Tabor Boy Project is hosted on a social networking platform called Ning. A couple weeks ago Ning announced that

they are going to eliminate the free option that they've offered from

inception and will now be charging for the service.

Actually, our free option has not been free since we purchase an upgrade that

allows us to…


Added by Peter A. Mello on May 11, 2010 at 2:21pm — No Comments


As per usual, I found myself wandering Wikipedia and noticed that there's a Tabor Academy article, but none for S.S.V. Tabor Boy. It's not even in the List_of_schooners! Now I know someone out there is interested in taking on this little project. Any takers?

Added by Ryan England on May 5, 2010 at 7:03pm — 1 Comment

Victory Chimes will air on 5/6/10 at 10:30pm on the Travel Channel!!

I can confirm that the Maine Windjammer episode of Samantha Brown filmed on Victory Chimes will air on 5/6/10 at 10:30pm on the Travel Channel!! And has the honor of being the first in the new series! I’m sure you will all enjoy it!The vessel has been owned and operated by Bangor Native Capt. Kip Files for 20 years. ...The vessel is also featured on the 2003 Maine State quarter.

Added by James Hutton on April 6, 2010 at 9:24am — No Comments

Special Tabor Boy Shipmates Cruises on Schooner Victory Chimes This Summer

Back in 1996, a very special event took place in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Tabor threw a party celebrating TABOR BOY'S 90th birthday and 50th year in service of her school's students. It was an extraordinary event because unlike most "reunions," which are limited to your class and others divisible by 5, this one included classmates that spanned the years that you sailed aboard the…


Added by Peter A. Mello on March 20, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

High School Tall Ship Concordia Sinks Off Brazil

You probably have read the news reports of the high school tall ship Concordia capsizing and sinking off the coast of Brazil on Wednesday and all of the students and crew being rescued after 30 hours adrift in lifeboats. I've been updating the Sea-Fever blog with "new" news if you have interest in keeping up with this story.


Added by Peter A. Mello on February 20, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Dangerous Decision - Personal Account from Hurricane Bob, 1991

Andrew Major 1991 (Re written and edited 1993)

Outside, the wind grew violent and the rain came down as people scurried around. Trees were bending over as their leaves tore from the branches to pelt anyone downwind. I knew it would be my last call home for a while. As I stood in the hallway with no lights, I punched in the numbers on the phone. My brain was numb. I lacked all emotions. My mom was home alone in Panama, while my sister was still in the states, and my dad was traveling… Continue

Added by Andrew Major on December 5, 2009 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Shipmates from the past and present

It’s often fun to come across old photos of your friends. I often get a kick at old shots of my shipmates from our youthful years aboard the TABOR BOY. I happen to run across this shot taken of now Capt Robert Glover, during his days aboard the BILL OF RIGHTS, which he sailed aboard as deck hand before coming to Tabor. As fait would have it, he sailed as captain aboard her years later.

I first met Bob during Op Sail '76 when the BILL OF RIGHTS… Continue

Added by James Hutton on October 30, 2009 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Sailing with Shipmates

One of the lasting effects of Tabor Boy experience is the strong friendships that shipmates establish. Rob Atkinson (Engineer '79) and I missed each other by a year at Tabor but met through the Tabor Boy Project and mutual friends/shipmates Jamie Hutton (XO '79) and Bob Glover (Navigator '78). Coincidentally Rob grew up in Mattapoisett and around the corner from where my family lives today.

On Saturday Rob and his son Sam invited me and my… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on July 26, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Orientation-at-Sea 2009 Off to a Great Start

Another summer means another Orientation-at-Sea program! The first week got the program off to a great start up in Camden, Maine despite some less-than-ideal weather. The students spent the week getting to know one another, getting acclimated to the school and learning some basic sailhandling as we made our way downeast from Camden. We were blessed with a great sailing breeze on Monday and got to show the students what the Tabor Boy can do! On the academic side of things, we are very… Continue

Added by Chris Henry on July 2, 2009 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

The Tall Ships are Coming! The Tall Ships are Coming!

The "Atlantic Challenge 2009" began from Vigo, Spain and ends in Belfast, Northern Ireland - a true race around the Atlantic and the first since 2000. Each port will host the fleet, with various festivals and activities taking place at every stop along the route.

From June 11 - 15, 2009, the Tall Ships were in Hamilton to help celebrate Bermuda's 400 years of permanent settlement. This was a truly unique and memorable event. Rob "Swabby" Atkinson (CE '80) passed up the Tabor Reunion to… Continue

Added by Rob "Swabby" Atkinson on June 20, 2009 at 11:40am — 1 Comment

The Newest Tabor Boy Executive Officer

It is my pleasure to announce that Spencer Ash ('10) has been appointed as Executive Officer of the Tabor Boy for the 2009-2010 school year. Spencer succeeds Wilder Hastings ('09) in this important and unique student leadership position and joins a long and prestigious line of Tabor Boy XOs.

Spencer's duties as XO will begin next month when the Tabor Boy heads to Maine for the Orientation at Sea Program. This will be Spencer's second summer working aboard the vessel. His… Continue

Added by James E. Geil on May 28, 2009 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Maersk Alabama, Maersk Arkansas, Maersk Rhode Island and Tabor Boy

On March 18, 2009, Tabor Boy Project Crew Member Bob Beauregard proudly posted here about getting his first command, the Maersk Arkansas, a sister ship to the Maersk Alabama which trades a similar route. Got the nod today to join the big show Check out his post where you'll see a photo of the ship.

On March 29th, I received a message from Bob that he would be leaving for Kuwait to join the Maersk… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on April 19, 2009 at 11:40pm — 2 Comments

Perfect Storm of Simulation

The above photo and below article appeared above the fold on the front page of the New Bedford Standard Times on March 14, 2009. Celebrity shiphandler in our crew or slow news day? ;-)

Fairhaven simulator draws maritime pilots from around the… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on March 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Got the nod today to join the big show.

Got a email from Waterman today. I'll be heading back in a couple of weeks as Master of the Maersk Arkansas. My first skippers job in the unlimited slot.

Added by Robert C. Beauregard on March 18, 2009 at 8:11pm — 16 Comments

Schooner Model in Charleston

I took my wife to lunch in Charleston yesterday. We were walking through the downtown market place and came apon a place called "The Fishin' Duck". It's a store owned and operated by a former Sealand employee. They had a 3' model of a topsail schooner. It wasn't overly detailed, but looked a lot like our beloved ship. Topsail fore, gaff rigged main. The only difference I noted was a gaff main. It had a mid house much the style of Tabor Boy and a dark blue hull. If I didn't already have a sloop… Continue

Added by Robert C. Beauregard on March 14, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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