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Flotsam and jetsam: that Down East look

Here’s something for fans of the iconic Hinckley Picnic Boat: Hull No. 1, Dasher, which put Down East lobster boats on the map, is for sale by the company for $295,000 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

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She’s light for a Picnic Boat at 10,500 pounds and is powered with a 370-hp Yanmar diesel, coupled with a Hamilton 232 jetdrive, which means she’s efficient and reaches a comfortable speed of 20 knots and a top speed of 25. Dasher has been kept up to date on electronics and meticulously maintained with recent canvas, soft-goods refurbishment and two-year-old hull paint.

“You don’t fear for your life in the middle of a storm; you can’t really afford to.”

— ocean-racing sailor Ellen MacArthur

Name Game

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Ledge Obstruction Light lives up to its name: It was built atop Chatham Rock to warn vessels of the reefs at the entrance to Stamford Harbor in Connecticut. Established in 1882, the 60-foot cast iron and brick lighthouse was automated in 1953 and is privately owned.

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... The number of years that polar explorer Sir John Franklin’s ship HMS Terror spent at the bottom of an Arctic bay. The well-preserved wreck was located in early September, 60 miles south of where she was believed to have gone down. The ship was the subject of an 11-year search. The crew of Erebus, which was part of the expedition, and the crew of Terror abandoned ship and died while trying to trek overland to Fort Resolution.

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue.