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The Catboat Era

A look back at a humble Newport sailboat

The Catboat Era

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The Catboat Era

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THE CATBOAT ERA, by John M. Leavens, takes us to Newport, R.I. When we think of Newport at the end of the nineteenth century, we think of life lived large–big houses, big yachts, big money. But like the diversity of people to be found in any waterfront town, there was a diversity of watercraft in Newport waters. In among the yachts are found the workboats and other small craft. John Leavens took a look back at the humble catboat, and found a wealth of information about its origin, its builders, and its owners.

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THE CATBOAT ERA, by John M. Leavens, takes us to Newport, R.I. When we think of Newport at the end of the nineteenth century, we think of life lived large–big houses, big yachts, big money. But like the diversity of people to be found in any waterfront town, there was a diversity of watercraft in Newport waters. In among the yachts are found the workboats and other small craft. John Leavens took a look back at the humble catboat, and found a wealth of information about its origin, its builders, and its owners. These small sailboats with their masts well forward served as fishing boats, livery craft, and pleasure boats, and were seen everywhere in Newport waters. Combining years of research, conversations with waterfront habitués, and a fine collection of period photographs, John brought together the full story of Newport cats but passed away before it could be published.

Reviews:

“…clear writing…wonderful photos…rare and meaningful contribution to understanding one of America’s most unique and enduring sailboats…” -WoodenBoat Magazine, September 2005

“…handsomely jacketed hardcover volume…each page is an adventure in maritime history, a peek into the past of a small city…” -Messing About In Boats, February 1, 2007

“…interesting, useful…Great care was taken in reproducing the photographs,…exquisite in their content …commentary …concise and informative…” -Nautical Research Journal,Vol. 50, No. 4 Winter 2005

“…photographs are wondrously evocative…words have enough personality to charm rather than just state the facts…is a delight from all angles…” -Maine Coast NOW, November 19, 2007

About the Authors:

Lawyer and management expert John Leavens (1907-1987) loved catboats—his own Herbert Crosby-built 21′ 11″ Pinkletink, first of all, and then every other catboat, catboat builder, and catboat sailor. With Paul and Molly Birdsall and the able assistance of his first mate, Pinkie, he founded The Catboat Association in 1962. He wrote extensively for the Catboat Bulletin, and in 1973 pulled together his accumulated knowledge and contacts to write The Catboat Book.

A former curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Judy Lund writes on a variety of maritime and local history subjects. Currently historian of The Catboat Association and a member of its Steering Committee, she has taken on the task of bringing John’s manuscript to the boating community.

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Weight 1.8 lbs
Dimensions 10 x 8.00 x 1.778 in
Author

John M. Leavens

Editor

Judith Lund

Format

Hardcover

ISBN

978-0-88448-272-7

Pages

192

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