I felt a certain creaky identification with the 54-foot Blue Ocean, since we were built in the same year, 1952. She was constructed at Webber’s Cove Boatyard in Blue Hill, Me., as an “eastern rigger” — that is, a dragger with the pilot house at the stern of the vessel. As Charlotte G., she was the setting of a tragedy at sea in December 1999, when Capt. Fernando “Nando” Ribeiro was fatally injured in an accident in the engine room. The owner and captain of Blue Ocean in the early 2000s was Capt. Luis Ribas, the senior assistant harbormaster, who also owned Blue Skies. John and Mary Beth de Poutiloff, who own Patience Too, bought and sold Blue Ocean out of town.
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