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She hardly looks her 75 years, but as I walked across a marina in Baltimore earlier this fall, I had to turn my head and

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look a little closer.  Other than that she’s Chas. D. Gaither, I can’t say much else.

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But I can tell you something about her namesake and one of those responsible for saving her.  Click here for the Gaither story and here for a restorer’s story.

It appears that Gaither‘s builders, Spedden Shipbuilding, also built Driftmaster (1949) and Wilhelm Baum (1923), which sank at the dock nearly two years ago.  Does anyone know what has become of Baum?  All photos here by Will Van Dorp.   I took the Baum photo back in 2008.

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Click here and scroll to see the oldest retired NYPD launch I know of, Patrolman Walburger  aka Launch No. 5.

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Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

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