The Last of the Fairhaven Coasters: The Story of Captain Claude S. Tucker and the Schooner Coral

The Last of the Fairhaven Coasters: The Story of Captain Claude S. Tucker and the Schooner Coral


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From the early years of our nation, the coasting schooner served as the primary means of hauling the cargoes that fueled the country's growth. Several thousand of these coasters once existed, but by the late 1930s, relatively few remained. Among those still in operation was the coasting schooner Coral." Hailing from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the "Coral" and her owner, Captain Claude S. Tucker, carried goods to ports throughout southern New England. The "Coral" hauled cargo into the twilight years of the coasting trade, long after new technologies began to replace it. Authors Robert Demanche, Donald F. Tucker and Caroline B. Tucker use first-person accounts of crew members and captains to trace the life of the "Coral" and Captain Tucker. Set sail to discover the story of the "Coral" through her glory days until the 1938 hurricane left her beyond repair, hastening the end of an era."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609499457
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Robert Demanche, the book's primary author, grew up in Fairhaven. A longtime friend of the Tuckers and contributing author to A Picture History of Fairhaven, he especially enjoys family holiday gatherings where tales of modern maritime life are told. Donald Tucker, son of Captain Claude S. Tucker, is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fairhaven and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Don and his wife Lois raised their four children in Fairhaven no more than 500 feet from the harbor. Carrie Tucker is married to Captain Claude S. Tucker's seafaring grandson, Tom. In addition to raising the next generation of sailing Tuckers in coastal Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, she works as a school librarian in East Bridgewater and a reference librarian in Marshfield.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

1 The Hurricane 11

2 "The Most Visible Species of Vessel" 16

3 New Owners, New Competition 22

4 From Farm Boy to Mariner 26

5 The Newport Years 35

6 A Convergence of Factors 59

7 The New Neighborhood 70

8 A Small Business 79

9 Scenes from the Twenties 89

10 The Great Depression 105

11 After the Storm 112

12 Working for Mr. Taylor 118

13 Later Years 128

Epilogue 133

Bibliography 137

Index 141

About the Authors 144

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