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Old 10-05-2009, 12:44 PM
Shipyard Sam Shipyard Sam is offline
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Default Cap'n Mac

Probably a good guess.

Captain McMurtry was indeed a most interesting gentleman. He had been the Master of some of the Greene Line steamboats, I recall. Rand Cochran, Enquirer photographer and a fav of Ca'n Betty's, took a prize-winning portrait of Cap'n Mac, smoking his pipe and seated at the entrance to the wharfboat; taking a break during a painting session onboard. Big dollops of white paint on Mac's coveralls heightened the artistic interest of the photograph. I wouldn't be surprised if a copy of that celebrated pic lurks in someone's great big collection of steamboat stuff. I'd love to see it again.
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