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SSV Tabor Boy by Norman Fortier from the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection

This beautiful photo of the schooner popped up today on the New Bedford Whaling Museum's photostream. There's lots of other really amazing stuff over there that's worth checking out.

Here's a post that I did earlier today over at Sea-Fever: Foto… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on November 8, 2008 at 12:25am — 2 Comments

TB Visit -August 2008 - Camden, ME

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…


Added by Jason Bland on September 6, 2008 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Workboat Magazine Letter

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.

TA Amajor workboat.pdf

Added by Alex Larsen on August 29, 2008 at 4:48pm — 3 Comments

Tabor Boy sighting!

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

Added by Peter A. Mello on June 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Good times, good times. Revisted

One year ago today, Alex Rivard, Class of 2008, wrote one of the best and funniest posts on The Tabor Boy Project entitled Good times, good times. No matter what era you sailed on the schooner, I guarantee that you'll find a lot familiar. It's comforting to know that the ship and experience stand the test of time. If you haven't read it before, go now. And that's an order! ;-) SMILE

Added by Peter A. Mello on April 28, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Tabor Boy Project Celebrates Its First Birthday!

The Tabor Boy Project is one year old!

It all start after attending a Headmaster's Council meeting at Tabor Academy on April 14, 2007. I have always felt incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to Tabor but that day really brought it home for me. While It is great to catch up with a few of the Council members that I went to school with… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on April 15, 2008 at 12:10am — 1 Comment

104 Crew Members Strong!

It had been a few days since I logged in at The Tabor Boy Project and today I was thrilled to see that we passed the 100 member waypoint on April 1st when Emerald Epke joined. Ironically, Emerald works with Bob Glover ('78) and me over at Northeast Maritime Institute and we've been trying to get her to join for months. Looks like she was just waiting for a shot at that roundest of… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on April 4, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Caribbean Studies Program 2008

The students that just finished the Caribbean Studies Program 2008 have shared their personal logs at this site:
It’s well worth checking out!

Added by James Hutton on April 4, 2008 at 2:25pm — No Comments

TABOR BOY History (barrowed from Tabor Academy Web Site)

Built near Amsterdam in 1914 as a Dutch North Sea pilot schooner, the Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Tabor Boy originally carried the name Pilot Schooner #2 and was engaged in that service until 1929. Renamed Bestevaer, she then sailed as a school ship for the Dutch merchant marine until her capture during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

Bestevaer was returned to Holland after the war and sold to businessman Ralph C. Allen in 1952. Mr. Allen had the vessel… Continue

Added by James Hutton on March 8, 2008 at 10:23am — No Comments

Cap Glaeser, A Captain and a Mentor

“You dirt ball, get your hands out of your pockets and help your ship mate out over there. You’re about as useful as teats on a bull!” Those were the first words that cap spoke directly to me as a freshman during my first day aboard the TABOR BOY. Those were ego shattering words spoken from an adult to a young boy of 15. While helping my new shipmates hauling in the mighty outer jib on a blustery fall day, all I could think of was, “oh crap, I guess I better find another fall sport because…


Added by James Hutton on March 8, 2008 at 9:44am — 3 Comments

A Dockside Visit

In August, 2007, I was in Marion to picking up a boat that I was chartering for the week for my family. I had some time on my hands and I was told that Tabor Boy was still in Fairhaven for repairs. I needed to go to New Bedford anyway, and thought I would take the opportunity to…


Added by Chris Dowley on December 20, 2007 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

Sail Training WORKS!---Just ask the Scots!

Yes, you read that right and being of Scottish decent, I do have a family tartan and do wear my kilt on occasion, I was intrigued that a world class university in Scotland had done a study on Sail Training, so I could not wait to read it.

The University of Edinburgh released a…


Added by R.C.Glover III on December 8, 2007 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Win Valuable Prizes - Tabor Boy Sighting Contest

Picking up on Jamie Hutton's earlier post, how many times can you sight Tabor Boy in this Sail Training International video?

Only kidding about the valuable prizes! Hope you enjoyed the video though.… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on December 6, 2007 at 10:31pm — 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007

A message to all members of The Tabor Boy Project

I hope that this message finds you full of turkey but otherwise well.

It's great to start the holiday season with a day where we can take a moment to be grateful for the many things that have contributed to our lives. If you are like me, the experience of sailing Tabor Boy is one of those things that you will be forever thankful. The older I get, the more I appreciate those years at sea under sail… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on November 22, 2007 at 10:20pm — No Comments

The Quietest Ship In the World

Last Sunday, my former shipmate Jamie Hutton XO '79 (who grew up to be a NOAA engineer) gave my son Luke and I a tour of NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow while she was dockside at the Naval Station Newport. Here's a slideshow of a few photos that I took which you can also view in more detail with

Jamie's comments on Hopefully Jamie will also add a few comments to this post…


Added by Peter A. Mello on October 30, 2007 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

TABOR BOY sighting

If you happen to be flying through Providence Green Airport, take a walk down just beyond Gate 7 to the Block Island Pub and take a look at their poster in front and at cover of their menu. There is a beautiful shot of the TABOR BOY with sails set.

Added by James Hutton on October 20, 2007 at 11:06pm — 5 Comments

Catching up with the XO

photo l to r: Jamie Hutton (XO '79), me (XO '77), Chris Henry (XO '08) and Bob Glover (Navigator '78)

Thanks to the wonderful hospitality of Becky and Bob Glover, several former Tabor Boy shipmates had the chance to get together for a great dinner and meet the current XO, Chris Henry. The food was amazing and the discussion was very interesting although us "old timers" probably told a few too many… Continue

Added by Peter A. Mello on October 20, 2007 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment


The schooner went through our underway drills under USCG Chief Jim Hindes today from 1300-1545. I am happier than you can imagine to report that the crew passed with flying colors–notwithstanding that the crew is ten months out of practice. As a result of today's drills, the schooner has regained her Certificate of Inspection after a long, long, long refit process. We're back in business!

Added by Chris Henry on September 26, 2007 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

Turtle Resurfaces in 2007!

For those of you who thought my story of the turtle was a one time event, well NOT SO FAST, Jamie H and I picked this story up over the weekend.

It seams a certain New York City artist has taken it upon himself to build another replica of the Revolutionary War TURTLE submarine and this time tried to DRIFT his way down a famous NYC river only to end up surrounded by the ever vigilant NYC Marine Police who were not to keen on this lool-a-like home made floating drifting bomb…


Added by R.C.Glover III on August 6, 2007 at 5:31pm — 2 Comments

SSV Tabor Boy, a Sonnet


David T. Johannesen

Class of 1964

Hear the eight delicate bells of midnight

Sounding the commander’s watchful zeal;

The shallow hills of Falmouth shed their light,

Gray smiles across a starboard reach: ideal

Union of wind and tide, love’s surety

Leans the blissful hull into nourishment;

Mizzen and main point with alacrity

As fore jib snaps in surprised bereavement.

Eight bells again, now harsh in midday… Continue

Added by david Johannesen on July 20, 2007 at 11:56am — 1 Comment



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