Capt. grant W. Wester­son

Soundings - - Mail Boat -

was a great character. I re­mem­ber de­liv­er­ing ad­ver­tis­ing copy to that odd build­ing in Rocky Hill, Con­necti­cut, so our small deal­er­ship could swap a boat to Sound­ings and they could cover Block Is­land Race Week. They couldn’t af­ford a chase boat, and we couldn’t af­ford that full page ad, but to­gether we both grew a lit­tle.

Jack Turner and Bill Mor­gan were the or­ga­niz­ers, but Scott put the per­sonal touch in his monthly trips to deal­ers, boat­yards and other ad­ver­tis­ers. I al­ways had the feel­ing that the in­dus­try back then was an ex­tended fam­ily, some close friends and rel­a­tives and a boat­load of dis­tant ac­quain­tances. We all strug­gled to make our mom-and-pop busi­nesses le­git­i­mate be­cause they were afraid to fail.

It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that was 50 years ago, a cou­ple of ca­reers long. Scott was a nice guy, a friend you could talk to, and nes­tled in there be­tween fam­ily and dis­tant rel­a­tives there are some sto­ries that can never be told. Thanks Chris for a great story, and thanks, too, for let­ting me see­ing my dad’s name, Zeke, in print again.

Old Say­brook, Con­necti­cut

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