If people could be designated landmarks, Joseph Andrews, once among the busiest boat builders in town, would surely qualify. His knife-sharp recall of town history, well into his 90s, offers a vibrant link to history. His parents, Jesse Andrade and Victoria Rezendes, came from São Miguel in the Azores. He worked as a teen-ager at Furtado’s Boatyard. During World War II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Cowpens in the Pacific Theater. Back in town, he married Virginia West. They bought this house in 1948 and had four children: Victoria, Deborah, Michael, and David. Joe worked at Flyer’s Boatyard and, from 1958 to 1984, at Taves. His shed is still full of boatwright’s tools. For years, he has kept the hull of the sailboat Ranger in his driveway. “It makes me feel good to look at her,” he explained.
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