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About Me


I grew up on Wickford Harbor in Rhode Island and lived in RI for most of my life. I did a lot of sailing in and around Narragansett bay and the Connecticut shore. I am married. After leaving New England, I am presently retired and working on our farm in Missouri. We raise primarily Sable Dairy goats with cows, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats thrown in for good measure. I've worked most of my life in the quality assurance and nondestructive testing field with many of those years in the nuclear industry. I enjoy sailing, old boats, putzing with old cars and motorcycles, ship models, airplanes and a bunch of other things as well. I sold the Zenith 701 airplane kit that I had been building. My 1954 Penn Yan runabout and a 1971 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle project and the MGBs have all been sold .

Received my pilots license in 2003 but haven't used it much. I finally finished my BST/BS in Mechanical and Welding Technology from Excelsior College in 2007. I retired from structural steel inspection in 2007 but then worked in St Louis as a structural steel inspector again on gusset plates on the Blanchet Bridge in St Louis for a year and a half. When the economic slowdown hit in 2009, the construction projects stopped so I retired again for good and am now spending more time on projects around the farm.


The Portland Head Light in Maine on a beautiful fall day.


Here's a picture of  three brothers, with me in the middle, Don at the left and Ken to the right.


Our Truck Camper, Duffy, Tucker and me on a camping trip in 2009.



Duffy just enjoying his day.


Above is the workshop where I do most of my wood working and boat projects.


Kayaking off Grand Marais, Michigan on Lake Superior.




I used to build ship models for private party collections and museums. This is a model of the Coast Guard Training bark Eagle that I built in 1976. It was commissioned by the Academy Class of 1956 and  is now on display at the Coast Guard Academy Museum. The model was donated to the museum as a 1976 Bicentennial gift to the academy and I was fortunate enough to have been allowed on board the Eagle to participate in the Bicentennial Tall Ships Parade in New York City. It was quite a show.



This is a plank on frame modle of a coaster schooner that I built back in the 70s. She is named Amalthea.