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Uncle Charlie: 1949

Uncle Charlie: 1949

My dad's brother Charlie on a 1949 cruise to the Bahamas in the sailboat they built. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin Hall.

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Where or Where?

Where is the boat today? Is Uncle Charlie still with us?

Boat terminology

That's a bowsprit, not a mast, to which the jib is attached. We added to ours a narrow plank on which to walk and netting underneath to catch the jib instead of dumping it in the water or trying to catch it while perched on your toenails. The photographer was undoubtedly part way up the forward mast. Nice photo but, then, all pics of boats are nice.

This photo

Is absolutely.




This should have been called "The Called Shot."

Good eye on recognizing the camera.

Danforth Anchors

Per their website:

"The World's Most Trusted Anchor, Since 1939"

They had danforth anchors in

They had Danforth anchors in 1949..?

Brownie on Board

Great shot!

Charlie is holding a Brownie Target Six-20. While that's a very simple camera, I can't even imagine taking a picture with that thing while sitting on a mast out over the water...

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