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"In the late 1990s, the legendary shipyards of Essex buzzed as they had a century before. Under the guiding hand of Harold Burnham, whose family has crafted boats in Essex for generations, the schooner Thomas E. Lannon was built. It was patterned after the 19th Century vessel Nokomis, one of the last engineless schooners to fish off the Grand Banks. Pat Lowery Collins was there. Now, through the magic of her memory and artistic imagination, a young boy sees it unfolding once again. Through his diary and in Collins's brilliant paintings, SCHOONER tells the tale of Essex shipbuilders in action and of a young boy who watched as a mighty vessel rose from keel to spars." (jacket copy)

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