August 11, 2014

History, Violin, and Taking the Helm

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Tom Gay has a perspective of Annapolis that is unusual.  He shares that perspective with our guests as we sail towards the Bay Bridge, explaining how Governor Preston Lane ran for re-election on the promise that the bridge would only cost “pennies a day”.  Everyone new what that meant: TAXES.  And they did not want to pay taxes.  He lost the election, but the bridge got built.

The Bay Bridge is completed in 1952.

The Bay Bridge is completed in 1952.

He then tells us of Anthony Stewart who in October 14, 1774, knowingly tries to bring a cargo that includes Tea which is so heavily taxed by England by the “Townshend Acts” of 1767, that it infuriates the citizens who form a committee to boycott the tea.*   The committee allows Anthony to live only if apologizes publicly in the Capital Gazette (still published) and burn his ship. What makes the story come alive is that he plays a fiddle tune of the period.

* See Tom’s clarification in comments below.

Om plays a popular tune that might have been played as the ship "Peggy Stewart" burned to the waterline and then sank.

Tom plays a popular tune that might have been played as the ship “Peggy Stewart” burned to the waterline and then sank.

As Tom takes tells his stories, Raquel, takes the helm, an steers the boat back to the entrance of the Severn River.

Reqiuel takes the helm for the first time.

Raquel takes the helm for the first time.

 

Aaron steers us home to Annapolis.

Aaron steers us home to Annapolis.

This inspires young Aaron to steer us carefully forward. Tom fiddles as Aaron brings us back to our home port.

Tom Gay Fiddles a tune before the ship's company.

Tom Gay Fiddles a tune before the ship’s company.

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.

2 Responses to History, Violin, and Taking the Helm

  1. Tom Guay August 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Hey Captain Ken,

    Indeed Aug. 11 was a great cruise with a huge SW breeze that took us under the bridge and back.

    As I’m a bit of a history geek, I need to clarify the Peggy Stewart affair. Owner Anthony Stewart didn’t know about the tea until the ship arrived. His crime was that he paid the tax on the tea knowing that Maryland had joined all the colonies in a nonimportation agreement to boycott British tea. Stewart was a loyalist and had broken an earlier colonial embargo, so he had a history with the local patriots.

    see ya on the water …
    –tom guay, musicioner

    • Captain Ken
      Captain Ken August 19, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks Tom. I will footnote your comment.

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