Recently my wife and I planned
a trip to Cuba. Being lifelong
boaters, two of the highlights
we were looking forward to
were visiting Hemingway’s
house, and seeing Pilar. Just
prior to leaving for Cuba, I
read the article, “Hemingway’s
Boat,” (Feb/March 2012) by
Paul Hendrickson. As a result, we expected Pilar to be a rundown
hulk of a boat. To our great and pleasant surprise, Pilar has been
restored wonderfully and is nicely displayed.
Boca Raton, FL
Editor’s Note: For more photos of the restored Pilar, courtesy of Mel, go
THE MUSE FOR OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM?
A reader in Maryland was inspired to send us this nugget of history
in response to our popular, recent web-only article ...
“Sir it is my desire to have a flag so large that the British will have
no difficulty in seeing it from a distance,” Major George Armistead
told General Samuel Smith, commander of Baltimore defenses,
in the summer of 1813. Armistead ordered two flags from Mary
Young Pickersgill, a local well-known flag maker, whose home is
still preserved today on the corner of Pratt and Albemarle Streets
in Baltimore, Maryland.
The garrison flag was 30-feet high by 42-feet wide. It had 15
five-pointed stars, each two feet from point to point, and arranged
in five indented parallel lines, three stars in each horizontal line. It
had 15 stripes, each nearly two feet wide. The cost of this garrison
flag was $405.90.
Mary Pickersgill worked many nights until midnight to complete it. The flag, being so large, was assembled in a nearby malt-house. Mary also made a “storm flag” for the fort. It measured
17 feet by 25 feet and cost $168.54. The flags were delivered to
Fort McHenry on August 19, 1813, a full year before the Battle of
Baltimore, which took place on September 12, 13, and 14, 1814.
During the rain-swept night of the bombardment on September
13, 1814, it was the smaller storm flag that flew over the ramparts
of Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to pen what would
become our national anthem.
Kenneth M. Carter
Mt. Airy, MD
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Floating Fans: “We had been
looking for a used pontoon
for our cottage on a small
inland lake in michigan when
this 1979 yellow fiberglass
boat with black trim showed
up just a mile from our
place,” says gloria billo. “the
price was right, the motor
worked well, and the trailer
was included. but black and
yellow? my husband tim
really balked at that. Knowing
he’s an avid michigan football
fan, I suggested we cover the
black with royal blue trim
and get royal blue carpeting!
We’ve had it for six summers
now, and thanks to the
distinctive color, everyone
knows when we’re out on
Hardly A Dry Rot Diva? John Franklin from eugene, Oregon,
sent this photo, taken during the Labor Day weekend on priest
Lake, Idaho, last year. “We were attending the annual Dry rot
Festival, a three-day event for antique and classic wooden
boats. Our boat’s a 1950 18-foot Chris Craft riviera. We were
idling on the lake, waiting for other Dry rot boats to rendezvous
with us, so that we could continue our cruise around the lake.”
My First Fish!
mairead ( 4) and
Devin Kelly ( 5)
from Lake Ariel,
suspiciously eye a
small fish caught
with dad Daniel
Kelly’s help. It
turned out to
be the first of
that weekend —
and hopefully the
beginning of a lifelong passion for
all things fishy.