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Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner Part 2
June 27th, 2015 @ 01:58 PM EST by Newsletter Author

And a hearty welcome to new members
. . . from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner NYC style 


Mast stepping at the old club was not the smooth process we have today. Back then, we used a wooden crane with a vicious looking iron hand cranked winch placed dangerously at head height. On this particular day, George Warren asked Tony Vella to give him a hand stepping his spar. Just as George got the mast over the hole in the deck, Tony managed to crack his head on the crane winch. There he was holding on to the building with one hand using his other hand to hold a handkerchief covered in dripping blood to his head, leaving George to struggle with his suspended mast over the boat. Just at that moment, a new member ran down to the dock and yelled at George, “how long are you going to be with that crane.” George pointed to Tony and said, “that fellow just asked me the same thing.” To the best of our knowledge, we haven’t seen that member again.