I'm not really back yet, but right now I feel I need to write. Also posted in my livejournal...
So this morning my sisters phone call woke me up. She had called to tell us that The Larinda had sunk. My moms boyfriend had helped finish building this ship back in 1996. I remember being on it before it was even finished. The last truly happy 4th of July I had was spent on that boat in 1997, shortly before I moved. Watching fireworks while on The Larinda was awesome.
About a year and a half ago Larry Mahan(the captain)and Marlene, came to Florida on The Larinda, and stopped to see mom and Allen. They gave them t-shirts with the Larinda on them, and hung out for a day.
It was always so neat to go to the CapeCod Times site and see something about The Larinda there. Larry loved that ship, he spent half his life building it. This isn't something that could be rebuilt the same as before. Parts of this ship were antique, some of the wood can't even be bought anymore. He will most likely try to bring The Larinda back up, I just hope there is enough still intact to at least try to fix. This is sad.
To spend so much of your life building something, to work so hard. I can't imagine what it must be like losing something that he invested so much of himself into. He loved that ship, and this is undoubtedly heartbreaking for him, his family, and their crew.
When I get the scanner working again, I'll put up some of the pictures we have of The larinda. Mean while this picture is from their website www.larinda.com.
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all words © Jennifer L. Bey, 2003.