One Family's Swampscott Dory
Prescott Littlefield, waterfront activities
director for UConn at avery Point gave a presentation about
his grandfather's 16' Lowell built Swampscott dory.
The Dory: 1969 Swampscott Dory
built at the Lowell Boatshop in Amesbury, MA on the Merrimack
River. The Lowell Boatshop is getting close to celebrating
their 220th year of continuous operation in 2014. It is mahogany
planked with oak ribs and featured yoke steering, a sliding-gunter
sailing rig, centerboard with rod, two rowing stations, and
an engine well for a small outboard (originally 3 hp 40 Plus
Seagull). My grandfather, Prescott Harland Littlefield, later
modified the sailing rig into a leg-o-mutton. Her overall
length (15’ 10”) was a bit shorter than the standard
boat (16’) as to avoid having to pay to register the
vessel in CT. He named her; 2x2.
Prescott Harland Littlefield original owner
in his Swampscott Dory named "2x2"
Third-generation owner Prescott Littlefield
rowing the dory
Prescott giving his talk at a JGTSCA meeting
The Heritage: My grandfather use to sail
and race 21’ Chamberlain Alpha Beachcomber dories around
1916-1917 as a youth in the area of Salem, MA and at Baker’s
Island off the coast of Marblehead and Manchester, MA along
with his brother, Mendum. He later spearheaded an effort to
have a Beachcomber dory scale model built by John Gardner
which was donated to the Peabody Museum in 1964. It wasn’t
until 1969 that he contracted with the Lowell Boatshop to
build him the Swampscott dory.
Chamberlain Alpha Beachcomer dory
Beachcomber dory scale model built by John Gardner