Preview: The Influence of Uncle Bill Barker

March 6, 2012

Avatar Harry Bryan

William H. Barker, thanks for my life with boats…

When asked to give some thought to someone who was a big influence on my involvement with boats, I immediately thought of Howard Chapelle and John Gardner. While much of what I have learned has been lifted from their prolific writings, I may not have been led to them without the influence of my mother’s brother, Uncle Bill.

Photo of Bill Barker

Bill Barker aboard the Wm. Hand designed PATIENCE

Bill Barker grew up sailing in Westport, Massachusetts. I have a 1920’s advertisement for Wamsutta Yacht Duck with a picture of Bill and his brother Jack sailing their F.L.Tripp skiff BLACK JACK. When a bit older, the brothers sailed a small schooner named SMUGGLER. These were eciting names to the young of the next generation. There was some pirate blood in Uncle Bill.

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