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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"
Everyone is all smiles

Third-generation owner Prescott Littlefield rowing the dory
Prescott rowing the dory

Prescott giving his talk at a JGTSCA meeting
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
Chamberlain Alpha Beachcomer dory

Beachcomber dory scale model built by John Gardner
Beachcomber dory scale model built by John Gardner

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