THOSE GM 653 DIESELS
In the early 1970s, I used to wait at the end of the dock at Hull Harbor Marina (now Harbor One Marina) for Grumpa to return from a day of inshore fishing. Tommy Wadsworth was her captain, and Peter Fill was the mate. Grumpa [now named Sea Sprite, see “My Boat, My Life,” Winter 2018] was one of two boats that chartered out of Hull Harbor, and Wadsworth was one of the finest inshore captains on Long Island Sound.
I believe this was the first diesel boat Hatteras built (GM 653s) and the only one with the exhausts piped down the centerline. Wadsworth had no radar, just a depth finder and a compass. The boat sailed every day, in any weather. Wadsworth later ran tugs with Buchanan Marine until he retired.
Fill ran the boat for a while before current owner Capt. Pete Wheeler bought it. It would be interesting to learn how many hours that hull has on her and how many times those engines have been rebuilt. I keep my boat at Harbor One in the same slip Grumpa occupied, and I often hear those 653s as she passes through the thoroughfare to Saybrook Point Marina. Brings back great memories.
Ron Milardo Lyme, Connecticut