Now hidden at the end of a breezeway is the 1860s home of Capts. Robert and Stephen Lavender, merchants from Nova Scotia. They commanded the schooner Edwin I. Morrison. On one trip, Robert’s wife, Louisa, navigated the ship to Le Havre after he fell ill. In the Portland Gale of 1898, Robert saved a man frozen in the rigging of the wrecked F. H. Smith. Through the 1960s, this was the Gray Inn, operated in turn by David Allen and Jere Snader. Hugh Gallagher and Joseph Yurgal took over in 1968 and called it Ocean’s Inn, where Channing Wilroy ran Channings restaurant in the ‘70s. Horace Stowman and Mark Cross were the next proprietors, until 1995, when Charles “Chuck” Rigg and Carlton “Carl” Draper bought it and renamed it the Commons. They owned the building until 2006. In 2009, it was reborn as the Waterford Inn and Seafood Grille. Albert Gordon is the manager.
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