Final Passages

John Russell, 72

March 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Huntington, N.Y. Capt. John Russell died March 28. Shipmate Capt Ron Schaper wrote on Scuttlebutt: “Big John, The Gentle Giant, JR: Since the early 1970s, John and I have sailed thousands of offshore miles together. On one memorable Thanksgiving, about 600 miles offshore, we used wooden sail battens, canvas, flattenedRead More

Charles Everett Carbral, 95

March 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Jamestown, R.I. Charlie died March 23. He was employed in the construction of the old Jamestown Bridge, the Army Corps of Engineers, Wharton and Round House Shipyards in Jamestown, Wickford Shipyard, and Broward Marine in Florida. In 1960, Mr. Cabral built, owned and operated Dutch Harbor Shipyard for 30 yearsRead More

Cyrus Hamlin, 98

March 17, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Falmouth, Maine Cy passed away March 17. A self-taught yacht designer, he was employed by Hinckley Yachts and Southwest Boat Corp., in Southwest Harbor, Maine, designing pleasure and commercial vessels. He also supervised the construction of early yawls for the U.S. Naval Academy. After U.S. Army service in World WarRead More

James Michael Rieth, 62

March 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

East Providence, R.I. Jim passed away March 15. Jim lived in Rhode Island for the past 35 years and retired as the service manager for Brewer’s Cove Haven Marina in Barrington. A seaside memorial service was being planned for early spring.

William P. (Bill) Ficker, 89

March 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Newport Harbor Yacht Club, Calif. Bill died on March 13. A real yachtsman in the greatest sense of the word, he was a winner of the Star Worlds, the Congressional Cup, and the 1970 America’s Cup, skippering Intrepid to a tightly fought victory over Gretel II. He established the FickerRead More

Robert T. Loney, 85

March 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Round Pond, Maine Robert passed away on March 5. A structural engineer, he was principal designer for highway and railroad throughout the Northeast, and was project manager for a section of Boston’s “Big Dig.” From childhood, he enjoyed boats. During summers, he sailed as an Ordinary Seaman in the MerchantRead More

Richard Avery, 83

February 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Portland, St. Thomas, Great Cranberry Island “Dick” Avery died on Feb. 3. Graduating from Bard College with a degree in Sculpture was a proud accomplishment. In 1956, he entered the Army, and after two years landlocked in Oklahoma, he bought a one-way ticket to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., where he livedRead More

Mike Peyton, 96

January 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Essex, U.K. “The World’s Greatest Yachting Cartoonist” died Jan. 25. A modest, shy man, he eschewed the spotlight and seemed unaware of the esteem in which sailors all around the world held him. Born into a mining family in County Durham (England) in 1921, he lied about his age toRead More

David Moses Bridges, 54

January 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Pleasant Point, Maine David passed away Jan. 20. As a young man, he traveled widely, eventually settling in San Francisco, where he lived for many years. After returning to Maine, he attended The Boat School in Eastport, and later went to work at Benjamin River Marine and Brooklin Boat Yard,Read More

Michael William Spicer, 72

December 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Barrington and Newport, R.I. Mike passed away peacefully on Dec. 1, 2016. He was industrious from an early age, starting work in the boat business, rebuilding outboard motors at the age of 13. He continued his love for boating after college with a position at Pearson Yachts. He then spentRead More