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Captain's Letter

Life off the Leash.

Fall/Holiday 2017 

We’ve already buttoned-up the Tall Ship Shenandoah and after just a few more day sails aboard the Alabama, it will be time to settle her on her mooring for the season as well.  Our Black Dog mascots Aiden, Lucy, Daisie, Antoine, and my small pack of Jack Russells are beginning to settle into long, comfortable naps by the fire as they say their goodbyes to our summer visitors and to daily swims in the Harbor.  It would be easy to write about missing the long summer days that have already come to pass, but instead I’ll spend some time cherishing the memories from another busy season that has come to a close. 

This summer marked my 54th aboard the Shenandoah.  It was thrilling to be part of the city of Boston’s “Parade of Sails” this past June, sharing a wealth of maritime history with Tall Ship crews and cadets from all over the world.  As I write of maritime history, I don’t think I will ever grow tired of sailing the waters of Vineyard Sound during our weekly Tall Ship Kids Cruises. In just a week’s time these eager kids will learn about sailing, make new friends, and even grow brave enough to jump from the side of the ship into the water below!

Of course, most memorable was becoming a grandfather once again as my oldest son Rob welcomed his first son this summer. As my grandchildren begin to grow old enough to understand, I look forward to sharing stories about days on the water, strong ships, faithful dogs, and the good friends we’ve made here.

We are grateful to those of you who have visited us through the years.  I hope that you say goodbye to summer with memorable moments that will linger through the winter days ahead.  Thank you for your continued support and a happy holiday season to you and yours.

~ Captain Robert S. Douglas
Founder of The Black Dog Tavern Co.



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