Preview: The Influence of Captain Douglas & My Family

April 15, 2012

Havilah Hawkins

When contemplating the many influences in my life, it is hard to know where to start.

I could start with my father, who owned a series of old schooners in the windjammer business in Maine. In the winter, he would invent things like automatic sawing machines, toys, and navigational devices. Or he’d build peapods, which is a whole story in itself. He was also a very talented portrait scuptor, and boat designer. As a headstrong teenager, he left high school after his sophomore year, but after showing MIT some of his designs, he was accepted there to study yacht design.

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