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Maine boatbuilder launches its first vessel

The owners of New Harbor, Maine-based Pemaquid Marine celebrated the first year of new ownership in October by launching their first boat on the anniversary of their purchase of the yard.

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The contract to build Indian Summer was awarded to Ted Derivan while he operated Transom Boat Works, a boatyard in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Construction began in a home shop as soon as he returned to the United States. The work moved to the Pemaquid Marine property once the purchase of the yard was finalized.

Indian Summer is a 27-foot Jochems schooner designed by Phil Bolger. The new owners live in Toronto.

Ted Derivan, left, with the owners of a 27-foot Phil Bolger-designed birdwatcher-style sharpie schooner he built for them.

This winter, Pemaquid Marine will build three new Banks Cove 22s and restore a 30-foot wooden motorsailer designed and built in 1939 by the Chaisson brothers in Swampscott, Mass. The yard also will do a number of service projects.

Famed painter's work sets new auction record

Four exquisite game fish paintings by premier artist Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) all set unexpected records at the recent Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Art Auction.

Most noteworthy was "Bluefin at Ballyhoo, 1979," a painting done by Meltzoff that sold for nearly $32,000 - almost 10 times the presale estimate and a reflection of a surging interest in this artist's work. Another Meltzoff painting, titled "White Marlin, 1986", sold for more than $21,000, or four times the presale estimate.

Meltzoff was the first, and remains the finest, saltwater game fish painter of all time. Born in New York, his early career included a classical education in the arts, followed by four years as a correspondent for the Stars and Stripes army newspaper during World War II. Upon returning stateside in 1945, he taught at the Pratt Institute before establishing himself as a leading commercial artist and illustrator.

Beginning with a commission from Sports Illustrated in 1960, he turned to painting game fish almost exclusively during the latter part of his career, ultimately completing more than 350 canvasses. Today Meltzoff originals hang in museums and private collections around the world.

In 2009, a book on Meltzoff's life and work was published by Silverfish Press and a few of his originally signed and numbered lithographs still remain available. For information, visit

Renowned sailors join tall ship advisory board

Representing a vote of confidence from the sailing world, Ken Read and Jerry Kirby (both of Newport, R.I.) joined the board of advisers for Rhode Island's education at sea tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.

Read and Kirby, considered two of the world's most accomplished American sailors, said they believe in the significant impact the school ship will have on generations of young people as it continues to be built during the next few years and then sails as a 207-foot three-masted, square rigger - the largest privately owned and active tall ship in America.

"The Oliver Hazard Perry project is quite simply something that Rhode Island desperately needs," says Read, who has sailed in two Volvo Ocean Races (steering Team Puma to second in the 2008-09 event) and is a veteran of three America's Cups.

Kirby, who crewed for Read aboard Team Puma and has sailed in six America's Cups, says, "It speaks volumes to the maritime heritage here in Rhode Island and gives us a platform to develop unique educational experiences for schoolkids."

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the December 2010 issue.