Photos by Michael Cevoli
Like a lot of rock-solid workboats, the tug Puma has been around the block a few times. She was built in 1962 by the Diamond Manufacturing Co. in Savannah, Georgia, for Turecamo Maritime, of Staten Island, New York, and started work as the Jean Turecamo, later renamed Puma.
Illustration by Jim Ewing
Allen and Buddy Merritt, boatbuilders and fishermen out of Pompano Beach, Florida, are honored by the International Game Fish Association not only for their great accomplishments and contributions to the sport but also for their “remarkable boats.”
An excerpt from bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick's remarks at the ship's New Bedford homecoming
O what a glorious day this is.
The last remaining American whaleship has returned to the place of her birth. Ladies and gentlemen, the Charles W. Morgan, the sole survivor of her kind, has returned to this great city of fellow survivors, New Bedford.
Mystic Seaport pulls off a triumph with the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
Tuesday, July 12, 1841
Begins with fresh breezes from the E. by S. Breaking out the fore hole, after rotten water cask. Middle stowed of the fore hole. Last part quiet moderate, so ends. Heading NE by E. Lat 80:22N, Long 118:26
Roann and her volunteers are hidden stars
One of Mystic Seaport’s more dazzling attributes is the breadth of its collection. With 20 boats in its waterfront collection, from oyster sloops and steamboats to square-riggers and lighthouse tenders, the museum presents a nautical smorgasbord sure to overwhelm even the most gluttonous of history buffs.
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