Man of the Waterfront: The Story of Kaye Williams and Captain's Cove

Man of the Waterfront: The Story of Kaye Williams and Captain's Cove

by Ralph Harvey


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Growing up during the Great Depression, Kaye Williams began his lifelong fascination with ships and the waterfront. The ships were passing tugboats, freighters and lumber schooners, and the waterfront was in Bridgeport, Connecticut − a gritty industrial city on the shores of Long Island Sound, and once the home of P. T. Barnum. After marrying his teenage sweetheart Vivian, Kaye pursued careers as an ironworker, boat dealer and lobsterboat captain. But it was his fourth career that attracted international attention − the creation of Captain's Cove Seaport, and the restoration of the Rose, the replica of an eighteenth century British frigate. Captain's Cove Seaport began an urban revival in a crime ridden, backwater corner of Bridgeport. By restoring the Rose, Kaye created an internationally renowned sailing training vessel that became Connecticut's official state ship. And he didn't stop there. Building a replica of an early aircraft led to a friendship with retired-Chief Justice Warren Burger, a wedding that was moved from the North Pole to a Baltimore courthouse, and the involvement of Russian sailors on a Bill of Rights bicentennial tour aboard the Rose. Man of the Waterfront is both a compelling human drama and a look at the social impact of efforts to revive a mid-sized, industrial city.

Honorable Mention for General Non-Fiction at the 2012 New England Book Festival, and Honorable Mention for Biographies at the 2013 Great Northwest Book festival.

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ISBN-13: 9781475083033
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Pages: 506
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Ralph Harvey [not to be confused by another author with the same name] writes primarily about civil and military aviation, history and technology. Developing the Gull-Winged F4U Corsair − And Taking It To Sea compliments existing texts about the historic naval fighter, and was inspired by the author's personal acquaintance with Vought engineers and test pilots. Man of the Waterfront: The Story of Kaye Williams and Captain's Cove is the long awaited biography of one of America's most unique and fascinating waterfront entrepreneurs. A former transport pilot, the author's experience as a parent and adjunct college instructor has reinforced his belief in the benefits of reading and lifetime learning.

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