My first exposure to Marlinspike Seamanship was in England in 1971. My interest was stimulated at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. When I returned from England, I began researching Marlinspike Seamanship. Since I could not find any formal courses in Marlinspike Seamanship, I bought a book on the subject. Since then, and many, many books later, I have been able to teach myself.
My experiences in Marlinspike Seamanship have been varied. I have worked on historical sites such as the Boston Tea Party Ship, U.S.S. Constitution and U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Boston. Other notable sites include the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of the Seven Gables in Salem.
I have given lectures at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Salem Maritime National Historic site, Salem State University, Marblehead Festival of the Arts, and the Marblehead Christmas Walk.
However, my most prestigious work was done for the Queen of England. On a return visit to England in 1977 to row in the Royal Henley Regatta, I received an invitation to Buckingham Palace. I made a presentation of my Marlinspike work to the Queen in honor of her 25th Jubilee.
Presently, I am the Astronomy Resource Person for the Clifton Improvement Association, a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, and a 50-year member of the Union Boat Club of Boston. I describe myself as your average “Star Gazing, Knot Tying, Rower.”