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Birth of the Bowdoin

They don’t make foul weather gear like this anymore! That’s arctic explorer Donald Baxter MacMillan aboard his schooner, Bowdoin, with a look of ready confidence.

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A rose blossoms

Behind every man, a woman stands. If Rose Dorothea Perry hadn’t cajoled her husband into entering a 1907 fishermen’s schooner race, Capt. Marion Perry of Provincetown, Mass., wouldn’t even be a footnote in history.

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The art of promotion

This shot from the Aug. 19, 1976, Hi-Riser newspaper supplement is a boat show promoter’s dream. It’s 1976, and (from left) Irv Diebert, Elmer Strauss and Ron Stroud lay out the welcome mat for visitors to the annual Fort Lauderdale boat show. (The little blonde-haired helper is unidentified — a grandchild, perhaps?)

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Just Yesterday: Hard work and a hearty meal

159_JustYesterdayIt’s 1910 and this galley must have been a welcome haven for a Chesapeake Bay oysterman after working for hours on the deck of the E.C. Collier, newly built by Deal Islander George Washington Horseman.

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Survivor!

On the night of Aug. 17, 1969, one of the strongest hurricanes the world has ever seen bore down on the Mississippi coast. Hurricane Camille kicked up 70-foot waves on the Gulf of Mexico after brushing by Cuba and heading west. On making landfall, winds reached an official recorded speed of 190 mph — before the recording instruments were destroyed in the onslaught. It is said to be the only confirmed Atlantic hurricane to have made landfall with wind speeds at or above this level.

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