1 Duncan Lane

Istar at 1 Duncan Lane, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Istar at 1 Duncan Lane, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Seafaring’s gain is Duncan Lane’s loss. After many painstaking years abuilding here, Istar (pictured) was launched in 2014 by Charles Atkins “Stormy” Mayo III. For the 36-foot coaster, Mayo used an early 20th-century design by Murray Peterson along the lines of the cargo schooners that once plied the New England coast. Mayo’s grandfather fished on a schooner, and Stormy himself was almost born on one. Istar took so long in part because Mayo had his hands full with his day job as director of right whale habitat studies at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, which he cofounded in 1976 with his late wife, Barbara Shuler Mayo, and Graham Giese. Though Mayo was eager to put Istar out to sea, she was a neighborhood cynosure for a long time and a reminder of the town’s shipwright heritage.


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