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Puzzling Picture

Good morning everyone. Another busy week has come and gone here at the global headquarters. Katie and Ali prepped and painted windows and the beige cabin skylight covers. They also painted the bottoms of the yawl boats with a mixture of boiled linseed oil and turpentine to help keep them from drying out. Jen and the aforementioned elves spent yesterday getting our annual holiday calendar ready to mail. I have another e-newsletter ready to go. If you haven’t signed up for our e-newsletter visit the home page and get yourself on the mailing list. My day job this week has been helping a local contractor build and install a platform for the probate judge’s bench down at the county courthouse. With a maple floor and all white oak panelling it looks quite good if I do say so myself.

The accompanying photograph here was given to us recently by a passenger though I can’t for the life of me remember who. Please claim responsibility if this is yours. Mary Day is rafted up to the Hawkins’ Chesapeake Bay buyboat “Columbia” which they used during the off-season to transport goods to the islands. Now I assume the fine gentleman in the foreground is waving and not giving us a silly face. The photograph gives me a real sense of the changes Mary Day has been through. No more spars painted buff. She no longer berths at what is now the fisherman’s float in Camden. The staysail used to be loose footed and the forestay passed through the spike bowsprit. The shrouds have ratlines on opposing sides instead of the ratboards we have now. How many other changes can you see? There are quite few still to list but you will need a real careful eye to find them. What is different about the hull? How did guests get aboard? Ok Will Shortz… get cracking on this puzzle!

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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