Atlantis Stories — Before the Mast on a Sailing Research Vessel, 1944-1948, recently published by Woods Hole Historical Museum, is the memoir of William B. Cooper, who in his retirement taught boatbuilding in the museum’s Boat Restoration Program, where he also became a fascinating raconteur. At the age of 17, Cooper crewed on a schooner from Thomaston, Maine, delivering her to the new owner in Quissett Harbor, Massachusetts.
My husband, Darrell, and I lived aboard our 32-foot classic ketch Tosca for a decade, sailing her from Miami through the Caribbean to South America, the South Pacific and Asia. When we sold her in Malaysia and moved to Newport, Rhode Island, the first thing we did was buy a new boat.
On the surface, the two sailboats had few similarities.
“It was unbelievable, right here in our own backyard, and it flies the American flag,” says Boos, whose business is based in Tampa, Florida.
Tim and Sharon Lynch’s 1780 home, tucked away on a private lane in downtown Essex, Connecticut, epitomizes the sophisticated charm and casual elegance of the quintessential New England seaside village.
Lynch, a retired 65-year-old who owned a medical advertising agency, and his family have summered or lived in Essex since 1980. Now that their children are grown, the Lynches want to move to a smaller house in Naples, Florida.
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