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I may need some correction here, but it appears Boothbay Harbor is an entity different than Boothbay, and there’s an East and West Boothbay as well.  It’s sort of like the Hamptons in NY and the Oranges in NJ, I suppose.  Anyhow, I saw the scene below in Boothbay harbor and I realized I’d located one of the things I was seeking.  So the connection is the gray/white/red pinky schooner at the end of the wharf:

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It’s Ardelle in Boothbay.  I’d seen Ardelle before here in one of my favorite places . . . Essex, MA, home of Lettie G. Howard and many other boats.

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The connection is that the person who built Ardelle and others would be–is–an excellent choice to work on  . . .

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the hauled out Ernestina.  Watch the short video at that link if you have a minute and a half to spare.

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I was just a visitor, so I left the crew alone.

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The quicker the work’s done, the quicker it gets

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back here to its empty dock at the New Bedford State Pier.  But again, I digress.

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A few miles to the east of Boothbay Harbor is East Boothbay, home of Washburn & Doughty, but also Hodgdon Yachts, who went from wooden fishing boats to world-class yachts like Asolare, below.

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Monitor, below, is an aptly-named state-owned Department of Marine Resources vessel, passing here near Ram Island Light.

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And here I really digress, but seeing isolated lighthouses like this reminds me of the stories I heard long ago of William H. Wincapaw, also known as Flying Santa.

All photos, digressions, and faux-pas by Will Van Dorp.

If you want to share photos of a gunkhole, harbor, port, or wharf before the end of this month, send me an email.  This was GHP&W 24.

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