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March 6, 2012
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.
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.