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A Look Back Into the History of Boatbuilding | Soundings Online

New York Harbor

“City of hurried and sparkling waters! City of spires and masts!”

That’s how the great 19th century poet Walt Whitman described New York and its busy harbor. This 110-year-old scene on the East River looking toward Manhattan, with its ships, skyline and hustling tugboat, could have been Whitman’s inspiration.

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Rollin' on the river

New Orleans, March 23, 1903: High water on the Mississippi makes the laborious task of loading the old sternwheelers a little bit easier.

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Brotherly Love

From the 1897 issue of The San Francisco Call newspaper: “The old-time clipper Three Brothers has come to her last notch. At one time a warship, then one of the largest and fastest clippers in the American mercantile marine, she was finally sold to an English firm and passed under the English flag.Months ago she outgrew her usefulness and is now serving as a coal hulk for the English government at Malta.”

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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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