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Marblehead's First Harbor - The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port

A New England port in its early days

“Marblehead’s First Harbor” is a love letter to a community by lobsterman Hugh Peabody Bishop and his sister, Brenda Bishop Booma — locals with a reverence for the past and the skill to entertainingly document the town that shaped their lives (The History Press, 2011, $23.99 paperback, 304 pages).

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The proving ground

Tragedy in the Bass Strait

On Dec. 26, 1998, 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart. It’s Australia’s most popular yacht race and a difficult 630 miles in good conditions.

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Waterway Guide Atlantic ICW 2012

Cruising guides for the new year

The 2012 editions of Dozier’s Waterway Guides — Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Southern and Bahamas — provide mile-by-mile coverage from New Jersey to Texas, as well as the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Fly rails and flying jibs

Preserved history

Between 1926 and 1947, Robert H.I. Goddard photographed many of the last coasting schooners on the East Coast, catching them in their glory under way, laid up for repairs and eventually abandoned — on board and at a distance.

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Lost Maine Coastal Schooners

Wooden ships of a bygone era

Wooden schooners graced coastal Maine for more than a century as vessels of trade and commerce.

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