When I posted the photo of the Browns Mills YC trophy presentation I mentioned that I knew two of the individuals. One was Bea Kratz the other is Bob Kalmbach. The posting of that photo caused William Duffield to send me some photo's of the boat Bob built after Bea and Marion got their Dorr Willey-built Moths. Bob named his boat MAYBE II. Bob sent us his recollections of the early days of sailing on Mirror Lake, site of the Browns Mills YC. Among other things, this letter reveals a connection between Browns Mills and Greenwich (where William lives) as well as one with Brigantine (where I grew up):
Bob wrote this letter in 2002 when he was in his seventies. Maybe II currently is on display at a museum in Pemberton, Pennsylvania. As the photos which follow reveal, Bob did a splendid job of restoring his old racer.
|Bob Kalmbach takes the newly restored MAYBE II for a sail.|
|The bow of MAYBE II. Note the symmetrical pattern of the plank fasteners and the mahogany bow block.|