Schooner Actæon


In my novel, Shoal Hope a rum-runner sails a schooner named Actæon. It’s larger than this one, loosely based on McCoy’s Arethusa.

This Actæon is much smaller; but still a large boat.

 

A scene in Shoal Hope when MacFarlane first sees his Actæon:

“That old boat was in bad shape. Went to New England, looking for a replacement. Heard there was a boat for sale in Provincetown. That’s when I saw her. Took the Boston steamer. A squally day late in the season. Rounded Long Point just outside the Bell Buoy. Two schooners barreling in, close-hauled. Racing home after unloading a trip in Boston. Charging out of the mist, they tacked right beside us. Two powerful sailers. The one in the lead took my breath away. Coursing across our bow, luffing.”

“Settled on the new tack with a “Boom.” Like a cannon shot, snapping-to in a sharp Northeast wind. She lay over to the weight of the breeze. Her name carved in gilded letters across the taffrail above a raked oval transom, Actæon.”

Actæon

Actæon Project

 

Boats-bring-us-together

 

 

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