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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
While taking Luke (5) and Joy (4) out for an afterschool adventure today, I ran into Merry Conway who, among many other things at Tabor, is responsible for the website. She recently added a Tabor Boy Project page which is very exciting. Tabor Boy Project crew member and current student Scott Lauermann help put the page together.
Today's NY Times had a great article about the significant role played by Captain Conrad H. Roy, Jr of Tucker-Roy Marine Towing and Salvage and his crew in containing the US Air 1549 wreckage from becoming a major hazard to navigation in New York Harbor. Check out my post which includes an interview with Captain Roy on the Sea-Fever…Continue
As I entered Charleston Harbor this Thanksgiving aboard my sailboat I was reminded of the Thanksgiving cruises we enjoyed aboard the TABOR BOY delivering her here for the annual winter lay up. Charleston Harbor is quite different after 38 years. A magnificent bridge can be seen from miles at sea and container cranes bristle along the waterfront. In a one hour interval three large container ships arrived and a Norwegian cruise ship sailed. I recently had the pleasure of visting with Karen &… Continue
I was recently on vacation from Australia in Maine and got chance to stop by and say hello. Thanks Capt. Chris, Trevor and Spencer. It was great to be onboard again after a few years!! Is there a finer schooner in the States, I doubt it!!! Tabor Boy is still a second home and family after 18 years - More Pics below…
I came across a nice "letter to the editor" from past XO Andrew Major sent into Workboat Magazine (Sept 2008) regarding his experience at Tabor and on the schooner. Thought you would all like to see it! see attached PDF.
I was drafted for kid duty on Friday and thankfully my friend Randy Peffer invited Luke (5), Joy (3) and me to go sailing with him on his schooner, Sarah Abbott. It was an exquisite day on Buzzards Bay. Here's a link to a post about it on the Sea-Fever blog.
Returning to Sippican Harbor we crossed courses with Tabor Boy which looked to be on an Alumni Weekend… Continue