The Tabor Boy Project

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When did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
1973 - 1977
How many years did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
Were you a member of the Schooner Crew?
Were you an Officer?
If yes, please provide position (s) and years(s)
Executive Officer 1977
Foretopman/Third Mate 1976
Did you make any extended voyages? (i.e. Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.)
Did you participate in "Orientation at Sea" program for new students?
Tabor graduation year:
College attended and year graduated:
Connecticut College 1981
Do you currently work in the maritime field?
Current Occupation:
Management consultant
Last time you sailed on Tabor Boy?
Do you own currently own a boat?
Yes, 1956 36' Hinckley Custom Yawl
Favorite Tabor Boy moment
The Bermuda starting line for the 1976 Bicentennial Tall Ships Race to Newport, RI.

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Please tell us about your sail training experiences
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Thanks for participating in The Tabor Boy Project!

On a late summer day in 1973 I first stepped aboard Tabor Boy as a wide-eyed, green freshman. Like thousands of other boys and girls who have crossed the rail of this amazing vessel, my life was forever changed that day. Four years later, I left Tabor Academy as a young adult confident that I could accomplish nearly anything I set my mind to doing.

In 2001, I became the executive director of the American Sail Training Association where I had the opportunity to work with hundreds of other sail training vessels and tall ships from across the world. From this unique perspective, my appreciation for my Tabor Boy experiences only grew stronger.

Several years ago, Patrick Collins, a Tabor student and Tabor Boy executive officer, wrote a book about the history of the schooner for his senior project. This website picks up on Pat Collins' great work.

Over the past year there has been a major transformation in how we use technology and the internet to communicate and work. Collaborative software and websites like this one allow people to co-create like not even imagined when Pat wrote his history. The Tabor Boy Project is an effort to capture the stories, photos and videos that continue to add to Tabor Boy's rich history and define and demonstrate her mission.

Please register, read, contribute and converse. The Tabor Boy Project is a living history work in progress that needs your contributions. Thanks for sharing!

Fair Winds,
Peter A. Mello, XO77
Chief Storytelling Officer

Peter A. Mello's Blog

Share your thoughts about Tabor Boy: 100 Years at Sea by John Rice

A couple of years ago I got a call from a Tabor alum that I had never met before about a film he was making about Tabor Boy and the school's sail training program. I think we were connected through the schools's alumni office. We agreed to meet on his boat at the New Bedford Yacht Club in Padanaram, MA. My son Luke joined us and we rendezvoused with my friend and former shipmate Captain Robert Glover to watch some footage recently shot of the schooner in action.

I was…


Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Tonight! Tabor Boy Documentary Virtual Premier, Chat and Auction

You won't want to miss this! Here's a teaser!

Tabor Boy 100 Years at Sea Trailer from Tabor Academy on…


Posted on December 2, 2014 at 9:41am

Tabor Boy 100th Anniversary Documentary Needs Your Help!

I'm sure that most of you know that the schooner is celebrating a big "berthday" this year! Tabor has commissioned a 100th Anniversary documentary of the Tabor Boy to be released in the Spring 2014. Writer/ Producer and Tabor Alum John Rice is hard at work with Capt., the crew and students on this project and is requesting all former Tabor Boy alum to submit any old photos, films or videos you might have of your time aboard.


Here's some…

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 10:30pm

Headmaster Search Update

I was recently honored to be asked to be part of a small group of alums interviewing the final five headmaster candidates. One down, four to go.


From the first interview yesterday and reviewing the quality of all of the resumes, the future of the school should end up in good hands.


You'll be pleased to know that in addition to me advocating on the behalf of the traditions of the School by the Sea, the sail training program and Tabor Boy, Jack…


Posted on September 27, 2011 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

Headmaster Stroud is retiring. Please help the search!

You've probably already been contacted either directly by Jay Stroud or the always efficient development department that the school will soon be looking for a new headmaster. It will be sad to see Jay go after doing such a tremendous job all for nearly a quarter century leading the school. It's a much better place today than it was when I was there oh so long ago.

I have always appreciated Jay's unyielding support of the schooner Tabor Boy and the sail training program, often in the…


Posted on March 2, 2011 at 10:49pm — 1 Comment

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At 9:50am on October 12, 2015, James Hutton said…

Hey Peter!

How the heck are you? How's the fam? Life's good down here. Went for a sail on the Bay last Saturday with 23 knot sustained winds, one reef in the main and just the stays'le up. It reminded me so much of a fall day on the Tabor Boy with the leeward deck dipping in the water. Man we had an amazing high school experience.



At 8:52am on September 15, 2011, James Hutton said…

No more Bayou for the home boy. Mississippi is far behind me.

I had a good trip on the new SWATH. I sailed as chief for the hurricane evacuation. We then surveyed approaches to Norfolk and Chesapeake Bay to re-open the entrance.

At 3:32pm on September 13, 2011, James Hutton said…
How goes the battle?
At 5:12pm on July 3, 2011, Georges Racine said…

Hi Peter,

Thanks for letting me in. If my memory serves me well, I was on the Tabor Boy during the summer of 1977. I was then 15 years old (am now 48). I remember "Swabby" very well (saw the links to him on your site), but am not sure I can remember the names of the other officers. We had Captain Glaeser, 3 officers, 1 first mate, 1 cook, 1 oceanologist (by the name of Len Dwenell or something) and 9 crew (including myself). We sailed 7 weeks or so to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale, Charleston, Norfolk (one of the officers had broken his hand and we had to go to the military hospital) and back to Fairhaven. I think one of the officers was named Rob or Ted? I think the second officer was named Alex, Alec or Jamie (I cannot remember). Swabby was the third officer (and engineer). Might Bob Glover have been the first mate? It is all rather vague in my mind. Is there a Tabor Academy alumni that I could join (although I never took courses at the Academy). I have pictures, but I will have to find them...


Georges (Canadian now living in Switzerland)

At 9:45pm on January 19, 2011, J Drew Deeley said…


What a wonderful idea this is. I will go through my photos and see what I can find. I'll also prime the pumps and see if I can perge some old memories and stories from my time on the Tabor Boy.

At 9:24pm on January 19, 2011, Charles Barns (Barney) Davis said…

condensed version...climbed up the haws pipe 100 ton masters 500 ton f&t ab unlimited lifeboatman etc. anchor handling tug supply, Gulf of Mexico, Georges Bank. 1987 - present Bayside Marine Corp. Duxbury. I am the waterfront. Moorings deliveries both for Bayside and on my own. Some ocean racing lots of cruising. Two mariages. A son from the first now 23. A daughter and a son from the second 17 & 15. My wife, Maura, is a health care professional and we live in Duxbury. Oh  and a Beagle and a cat. What's up with you?

At 9:10pm on January 19, 2011, Charles Barns (Barney) Davis said…

Thanks Peter,

Good to hear from you again. I almost contacted you a couple of years ago. I was operating a small schooner for charter and eduicational purposes and even participated in op sail 2000, The Aries. I did a lot of work with Camp Wings Cross Roads for Kids program through the Duxbury Bay Maritime school in Duxbury, MA.

I will contact some of my TA buds and turn them on to the site as well as my cousins the Spauldings. I think you would remember Matt, an alum and Master of the mighty Serendipity. I can't wait to dig out my schooner pictures too!,

Yours at anchor,


At 6:14pm on January 11, 2011, John Merrill, Jr. said…
Thanks btw my wife Martha is dean of admission at conn college
At 8:41am on October 4, 2010, James Hutton said…
Happy late birthday!
At 9:36pm on March 20, 2010, walter s dayton iii (rusty) said…
Peter i want to compliment you and thank you for doing this site. God i had so many pic, but i think my ex BBQ them with my favorite topsiders. Hope to talk to you soon thanks again, Rusty.

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