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Seascapes: On board Fall River Line Steamer Priscilla

Muller-PriscillaThe glittering steam ferry Pilgrim lights up a tranquil evening on Long Island Sound in William Muller’s oil-on-canvas On Board Fall River Line Steamer Priscilla. Priscilla, the 440-foot queen of the line, was the grandest of the “floating palaces” running up and down the sound, connecting New York and Boston during the steamers’ 19th century heyday.

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40 years of a wild idea

wooden_boatFor years I’d wanted to make the trek to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. So as I squeezed my Mini rental into a tiny spot between the cars crammed on both sides of the sloped road into town, I felt ready. Port Townsend Bay spread like a sparkling welcome mat before the brick Victorian seaport below, and the snow-capped Cascade range rose from the far horizon.

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Waterfront homes: This Maine home is ‘like being on a boat’

wf_maine2Gary and Mary MacDougal have summered on the Skillings River in Lamoine, Maine, since 1993. “Our home has a lodge-y feel that I like,” Mary says.

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Seascapes: Coronet Around Cape Horn, 1888

seascapes_kramerCape Horn, looming in the background of this dramatic work by Russ Kramer, is one of the most dangerous places on Earth to sail. In 1888, without electronic navigation equipment or radio communications, it was even more so.

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Nautical & nice: Great gifts that speak of the sea

daysailorIt’s that time of year again. If you love giving gifts but hate the pressure of finding just the right ones for your crew and dockmates, we’re here to help. Take a look at the goodies we found — they’re not all nautical, but if you can’t find a perfect present here, you need saltier friends.

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