Although John Gardner is a given for most
long-time small craft fans and maritime museum folk, for many
small boat enthusiasts this is just not so. At best he's a
vague figure, "the dory man," "the how-to guy,"
or "the rowboat fellow." And many small boat fans
are missing some of the finest small boat writing of the last
The popular Small Craft Workshop was held once
again at Mystic Seaport during the weekend of June 6-7. The
Seaport's waterfront was crowded with an array of traditional
small craft, including peapods, dories, catboats, whitehalls,
canoes and more. Many boats were constructed by their owners
and the small craft enthusiasts exchanged ideas and went for
test drives of different craft in the assembled fleet.
On Sunday morning the flotilla embarked for
a journey downriver for the traditional gathering at Mason's
Island for coffee and more conversation.