Venerable queen of the fleet and one of its great highliners, Richard & Arnold has been owned and skippered since 1979 by the irrepressible Capt. David Dutra, a town native, born David Souza. Designed — it is said — to run rum for Dutch Schultz, she was built in the 1920s at Casey’s Boatyard in Fairhaven, Mass., as a half-scale version of a Gloucester schooner, 60 feet long on deck; eastern rigged and a motor-sailer, with an engine and a set of sails. Frank Parson bought her in the ’30s and named her after two of his sons. She was owned in turn by Anthony Thomas, Charlie Bennett, Alfred Silva, and Thomas’s grandson, Anthony III.
Her saga is movingly told by David’s wife, Judy, in Nautical Twilight: The Story of a Cape Cod Fishing Family, published in 2011. “An old Portygee told me one day that this boat had a lucky keel,” David said to me. “It can find the fish. It’s been very good to me and my family.”
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