Preview: Remembering Llewellyn Howland III

June 28, 2019

Maynard Bray

It is with heavy hearts that we at OCH must report that our friend and colleague Llewellyn Howland III (Louie to all who knew him) passed over the bar earlier this week, a victim of the much feared “Big C.”

After a stint at Little, Brown & Co’s publishing house, his business became selling used books of the sea, generally out-of-print classics, and periodically listing them—with witty and thoughtful comment—in his much-anticipated-and-always-welcomed brochures.

In 2015 Louie’s marvelous book about yacht designer W. Starling Burgess came out entitled “No Ordinary Bein,” a description that could also apply to the author himself. His knowledge of maritime history, especially yachting history, and particularly Massachusetts Bay yachting history (refined at Padanaram where he grew up and at Harvard where he was educated) was unmatched, and he freely and eagerly shared what he knew about boats and the men and women who designed, built, and owned them with anyone who showed an interest.

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