Thank you for welcoming me! I am so glad to be a member of this community and thrilled to find somewhere to connect with former members of the Tabor Boy crew. I will definitely post some pictures as soon as I am able.
West Pont not Kings Point. Capt G did urge me toward Kings Point, but I'd wanted to go to West since I was twelve. Tabor was/is a naval honors school and i got an appointment through that program. Course Vietnam was just heating up around then so they were taking anybody. The rest is history.
I don't know why it took me so long to see your message and to reply to you! All is well on this end, here in rural New Mexico! I remember you, our crew mates, and our time together, very well. And I remember how stormy that trip was to Bermuda, early in the summer of '77! A good handful of years afterward, I bumped into Pete Mello in Providence and had a nice time catching up with him. It's wonderful what he's done. Bill Rose has recently visited me here in New Mexico, I'm very glad to say. Our experience together on Tabor Boy was nothing short of priceless. It was mind boggling how relatively few students took advantage of it. Perhaps, however, what the others didn't know, was a blessing for us, who did!!
--John W. Briggs, Tabor '77, Tabor Boy spring '77, & '77 Bermuda cruise.
It certainly is a challenging year, but I'm looking at it as an opportunity to shape the program to be something students continue to love. We all love Cap so much, and I miss sailing with him every day more than I can express. It is because of Cap's dedication in training us that we are able to adapt and function well under all these new circumstances.
You'll be happy to know that Capt. Jay is a very qualified, very kind man, and he is up for the task as well.
I'm happy for you and everyone who has gotten to sail on Tabor Boy. Schooner Crew is truly a family.
I agree with the comment that the Tabor Boy changed, influenced many lives. Personally after college I started down a pretty standard and boring path in construction management. From my experience on the Tabor Boy, I learned what really made me happy was the hands on aspect of construction. Not to bore you with a long history, I will just mention that I am still at it and will be moving a slave cabin 10 miles this spring. And, that is fun.
In addition, I am signing up for an American Sailing Association program to refresh my knowlege of navigation, maintenance, etc.
We were the lucky ones at Tabor when we signed on the Tabor Boy for our sport.
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!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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!