Maritime icon remembered

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Richard Chesebrough, 81, of Laconia, N.H., recently died at home after a long battle with lung cancer. The son of Joseph Cutler and Lois (Brown) Chesebrough, Richard was born in Westerly, R.I., on Jan. 29, 1930.

It was during the last tour of his 20-year Naval career as head of the Department of Naval Science at SUNY Maritime College that Richard found his second career, Director of Waterfront Activities and sailing coach for the college. It was then that he earned the moniker "Cheese" from his students.

In 1977, Cheese was asked to pilot the chase boat for the America's Cup defender, Enterprise. He went on to drive the chase boats for Cup winner Freedom (1980), and contenders Liberty (1983) and Stars And Stripes (1987).

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