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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

Alfie and Bro in the long boat.

We were in Tarpaulin cove on a fall work weekend, and Alfie Fuller and I were over the side in the long boat putting the finishing touches on a full hull repaint in that nice Pettit Gloss Black. Of course we were the two most geeky guys aboard, but that word hadn't been coined yet.

Well, it was dusk, the light was fading and everybody but us was below eating. The long boat had just been totally repainted the week before and this was its first outing with its brand new…

Added by Bro Russell on June 6, 2007 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Tabor Boy and a Turtle?

See more sketches in the “My Photos” section.…


Added by R.C.Glover III on May 28, 2007 at 6:25am — 3 Comments

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die

There is cool new book out called …


Added by Peter A. Mello on May 17, 2007 at 8:55pm — 2 Comments



I'm not really an old student, but I'm always interested in the tabor boy, because my granddad was the captain in the period that the Tabor boy was named "Bestevaer"and was a pilot schooner in Holland. He was the captain in the period before world war 2. During the war the vessel was captured by the German, and the family stories tells us that my granddad did sail on his own the vessel back to Holland after the war...…


Added by Jacques Jullens on May 11, 2007 at 9:27am — 4 Comments

50 Crew!!!

Today Mike Lombardo '06 was welcomed aboard as the 50th Crew on The Tabor Boy Project. This website was created just over 2 weeks ago and I thank you all for joining and participating. This is the first of many important waypoints for The Tabor Boy Project.

Some incredible stories have been told like Alex Pline's one and only trip to Bermuda and the impact that it had on his life. Matt Twomey's interesting essay about sail…


Added by Peter A. Mello on May 8, 2007 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Just a one timer

Back in the day I was blessed to go on a spring cruise to the Bahamas on the Tabor Boy. Unlike most of you on this site I wasn't smart enough at the time to join the crew. I was a 'paying visitor". BUT after some 50 years that trip still is one of my fondest memories.

I didn't know crap about sailing but Cpt Glasier still had each of stand watch, take a shift at the helm, climb the rigging and generally try to not get in the way of you real sailors.

I'll never…


Added by David Rose on May 4, 2007 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Stu'n sail


Added by James Hutton on May 3, 2007 at 9:50pm — No Comments

My One and Only Tabor Boy Trip

As a senior in the spring of 1980, I did the Bermuda trip as a graduation present. I've been sailing since I was an infant with my family in Marion (I was a day student) on both small boats (Bullseyes and Lasers) and various friends' cruising boats. However, at this point I had neither done any real ocean trips nor had I ever set foot on the Tabor Boy, so I jumped at the opportunity.

Bottom line, everything about the trip was a ball. The "sailing" down and back was fun, the watch… Continue

Added by Alex Pline on May 3, 2007 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Privilege of Sailing

Those of us who have sailed on the SSV Tabor Boy are, by nearly anyone's measure, "privileged." We were privileged to have been given an opportunity to participate in a unique life changing experience and we took advantage of it. Most of us were also privileged in that we grew up in middle or upper middle class families that could afford to send us…


Added by Peter A. Mello on May 2, 2007 at 12:21am — No Comments

Thoughts on Sail Training, and US maritime influences on Commercial Trade


This might be an appropriate time to bang out an essay describing some of the inter-related disciplines that connect many of our students with the following organizations and professions: Tabor Academy students may not always be aware of the value of attending a United States Naval Honor School, but if they become associated with, or enamored with The American Sail Training Association, and / or The…


Added by Matt Twomey '79 on April 26, 2007 at 8:08pm — 3 Comments

31 Years Ago Today

Back when I was a Tabor student, my mother clipped every article she could find in the newspaper about Tabor Boy and the tall ships and she created 2 incredible scrapbooks for me. I will be posting these articles periodically, so make sure you are subscribed or at least check in with the Tabor Boy…


Added by Peter A. Mello on April 24, 2007 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

One hand for the ship, one hand for yourself

The phrase, “sail training aboard the TABOR BOY” kindles so many memories. One that stands out is 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…


Added by James Hutton on April 22, 2007 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Reconnecting with "Lost" Shipmates

During the summer of 1976, I sailed on Tabor Boy as paid crew and had the amazing good fortune of participating in the Bicentennial Tall Ships Race from Bermuda to Newport and the Operation Sail event in Boston. At last Friday's Headmaster's Council meeting I ran into an old friend; someone I hadn't seen in over 30 years. Chris Dowley graduated in '76 but joined us for this once in a lifetime experience of sailing with the world's largest gathering of…


Added by Peter A. Mello on April 18, 2007 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Thirty Years with Sail Training

This is an essay I wrote that appeared in the 15th edition of Sail Tall Ships! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea published by the American Sail Training Association.

As legend has it, in April of 1973, Barclay Warburton III and a few like-minded Newport maritime leaders met in the aft cabin of his brigantine Black Pearl to sign the articles of incorporation for the American Sail Training Association. The rest is history retold elsewhere in this…


Added by Peter A. Mello on April 16, 2007 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Teaching Ocean Science at Tabor

I was never a very good math or science student at Tabor, or in college for that matter; however, at yesterday's Headmaster's Council meeting, Drs. Karl Kistler and John Crosby made a presentation that would have caused an indifferent student like me to take notice and work a little harder. They made it all sound so very interesting, important and FUN!

The new marine science center is an amazing…


Added by Peter A. Mello on April 15, 2007 at 2:05am — No Comments

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