sachusetts Institute of Technology’s naval
architecture program. He also was the owner/
skipper of Stephen Taber and Alice Wentworth,
both cargo schooners that began carrying passengers in the 1940s and ’50s, thus solidifying Maine’s nascent windjammer cruise trade.
The passenger business created a new use for
the aging cargo vessels, which were retrofitted
for human comfort and convenience. Hawkins
sold both of his boats and turned to the venerable Harvey Gamage boatyard in South Bristol, Maine, to build a new schooner. He named
her after his wife, Mary Elizabeth Day, who
christened the ship at her launching in January 1962.
“Havilah, called ‘Buds,’ designed the
boat to be easy to maintain and comfortable
for the passengers,” says Barry King, who,
together with his wife, Jennifer Martin, today
owns and captains Mary Day. “He knew that
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