Each boat has a story to tell and this book features nearly two dozen profiles of classic/unique boats, drawn from articles written for the Westerly Sun newspaper during the summers of 2014 and 2015. Explore not only the histories of the individual vessels, but of their classes and designers, as well as their relationships to the environs in which they sailed, raced, cruised and, in some case, still operate as working vessels. These stories include the fabled history of the cat boat; the first fiberglass sailing yacht; a NY ferry boat repurposed as a houseboat; the oldest working fishing boat in Stonington, CT; racing rivalries in the Sound; the French love affair with American boat designs; and the Jazz Age era of luxury yachting, among others.
|Tom Verde is the author of several books: Maine Ghosts and Legends (Down East, 2nd Ed., 2013), and two collections in Facts on File’s American Profiles series. He is also a freelance writer who contributes regularly to the New York Times, NPR, the New London Day, etc. He lives in Pawcatuck, CT.|