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When did you sail aboard Tabor Boy?
I was on the Tabor Boy from 9/69 to 9/73. In 1972 I was elected by the crew to be the Executive Officer. Worked on her during th summers of 1972 & 1973. Logged 25,000 miles on her during the 4 years.
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)
1971-1972 Square Topsail foreman
1972-1973 Executive Officer
Did you make any extended voyages? (i.e. Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.)
Caribbean, Bermuda, Maine
Did you participate in "Orientation at Sea" program for new students?
Tabor graduation year:
College attended and year graduated:
Worcester Polytech
Do you currently work in the maritime field?
Current Occupation:
Applications Engineer for Kennametal Inc.
Last time you sailed on Tabor Boy?
2018 Reunion
Do you own currently own a boat?
Favorite Tabor Boy moment
The extended cruises. The 4 trips to Charleston, SC with my dad aboard. Fort Lauderdale for the alumni meetings. Nassau and Bermuda(4 times).
Weekends on Marthas Vineyard & Nantucket.
The Buccaneers cruise in Maine with all the college admissions officers.

Top Photo - Paid Schooner Crew Summer of 1972, Next is the Fall 1972 Schooner Crew, The Spring 1973 Crew. See Peter Mello in the last 2?

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Sad news to report

For those that new Jay Parker, I am sorry to report that Jay passed away Christmas morning after a 2 year illness.

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 7:48pm — 7 Comments

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At 8:26pm on October 20, 2009, John D. Patten said…
Hi Dave, I'm still here in Key West enjoying the great weather. I decided not to make the long trip back up North this Spring and will stay here through this winter too. We were very fortunate this season and had no hurricanes which is a big relief to everyone who lives here. I hope that you'll have an easy Winter this year.
At 3:29pm on March 16, 2009, James Hutton said…
We are off by one year for reunions. I was hoping to see you. I hope that you are well and my best to the family,
At 8:37pm on August 26, 2008, John D. Patten said…
Hi Dave, it sure has been a long time. I pretty much lost contact with everybody when I moved down here on the Chesapeake. Just today I bought a sailboat and on November 1st I retire and am headed for the Florida Keys for the winter and then the Chesapeake Bay, Cape Cod, & Maine coast for next summer. Its been a long time coming! Are Karen & Jay still in Mattapoisett? I looked for their phone number but couldn't find it or an address for them there anymore. How are Christine and the girls?
At 7:30am on April 18, 2008, Jim Walker said…
Hey Dave,

Great to hear from you and hope you and your family are well. This is an amazing website that brings back such powerful memories.
At 7:02pm on February 23, 2008, Jim Potdevin said…
Dave -

Use my email address and send me an email. I don't have yours anymore. Send the site link to Jerry Brown and Bob.

Hi to Christine.

At 11:39am on January 30, 2008, Jim Potdevin said…
Dave -

Thinking back. The top pic is of schooner officers in 71-72.
Roger Exec
Jim - 1st LT
Matt - Navigator
Steve - Bosun
Ted - Engineer
Dave - Fortopman

Jerry Brown was part of the summer crew as well as "Rocky" the cook.

At 9:39pm on January 29, 2008, Jim Potdevin said…
Dave -

Thanks for posting the pics. Hi to Christine.

At 12:52pm on June 25, 2007, James Hutton said…
It's great to have you on the site! I think that Cap would be very proud of this project that Peter started. I've been behind and regret that I have not yet passed this site along to Jason, Karen, Jay, or Dale. It would be great to capture their memories and photos too.
I trust all is well up north. Please let me know if you ever find your way down in Virginia. My best to Christine.
Best regards,
At 12:30pm on June 10, 2007, Peter A. Mello said…
Hi Dave!
Welcome aboard and thanks for joining!
These photos are fantastic and classics!
Our courses crossed a number of times over the years but my first season was Fall 1973, with Jon Barrett as XO, so I'm probably not in those great pictures. I do recognize a couple of the upper classman.
Hope all is well for you and your family and please tell a few sea stories when you get the chance.



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