Six score lacking five years, and still awork as a school ship, it’s Lettie G. Howard, one of 4000 (yup!!) vessels built in tiny Essex, Massachusetts.

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In the first score of years of its life, Lettie‘s dorymen would fill her hold with Banks fish, then race them back to the fish market . . .

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to be first schooner-load in, which collected highest prices.  Highliner, such a vessel would be called.

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Here Lettie glides alongside Amistad in the Chesapeake Schooner Race in October.    Thanks to Jed for this foto.

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By the way, if you’re in New York Saturday, December 6, stop by the Mary Whalen for some birthday cake.   She’s three score and ten, and got this streak going.  Pegasus, a 1907 tugboat, will glide in on her own power.  Lots more.

Except for Jed’s foto, all taken by Will Van Dorp.

ps:  Check new blog 70.8%.  It’s on my blogroll too.

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