ladies, one in
the era, pose on
mann, up front
on the bow
gives his grand-
Albert a turn at
ONLINE EXTRA For more photos and information about the Nellie H in a bygone era, see this story online at www.BoatUS.com/Magazine
Bobbing In The Water: Ken Cotter’s
grandmother Kathleen Sammis, with
her sisters, and friends from Bedford
Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn,
cool off at “Puppy’s Hole,” a creek
off Huntington Harbor. Nellie H is
in the background, circa 1914.
a century after A.J. Sammis first bought Nellie H, and after 30
years of sitting in Ken Cotter’s backyard, she’s gone to Maine
to be restored.
But for the eight faces smiling at the camera in 1914, that
would all happen several unborn generations into the future.
For them, the Roaring Twenties and The Great Gatsby are still a
decade away. The four young women in the photo will have to
wait another six years to win the right to vote. This generation,
one that will live through the Great Depression and World War
II (when Nellie H won’t run because of gas shortages), has no
inclination yet of what is on the horizon. For now their days, for
this summer at least, are packed only with long sails through the
sound, and the echoes of young people splashing off a dock on
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: Thanks to Ken Cotter for sending
in this photo of his grandmother, her sisters, and their friends for our Photo
Contest earlier this year. Do you have a great photo that also tells a story?
Email it to us with an explanation to Magazine@BoatUS.com