Originally published in Compass, August 1, 2013
Author to present book on ‘Deer Isle Boys’
On Tuesday, August 13, at 3 p.m., Mark Gabrielson will give a presentation and sign copies of his new book Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews: Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island at the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street in Castine.
Gabrielson tells the story, well-known on Deer Isle, of the crews who were recruited by the New York Yacht Club to sail the big America’s Cup cutters in the late 1800s. Affectionately known as the “Deer Isle Boys,” these men are heroes to all Deer Islers, many of whom are direct descendants. Despite their local fame, Gabrielson found that there was no well-researched, book-length version of their story. Deer Isle’s Undefeated American’s Cup Crews rectifies this omission, according to a news release from the Wilson Museum.
Gabrielson was educated at Princeton. After a 33-year business career, he is now a graduate student at Harvard University, in Extension, concentrating in history. He is also a research intern at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island; a Trustee of the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race; and a US Coast Guard licensed Master in the Merchant Marine. He and his wife Betsy base their Hinckley Sou’wester 50 yawl Lyra in Deer Isle and sail New England and Bermuda waters.
For more information contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or wilsonmuseum.org.