Here are the people that will be authoring your experience.


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Fred Murphy, Owner and Skipper

My whole life has been about sailing.  From my youth in racing on Long Island Sound in Lightnings, onward to the sailing team at Kings Point, eventually becoming one of their Co-Captains. Then on to purchase Ishmael as a young man of 23 in 1973.

Well the sea is in my blood and I worked on steel vessels for forty years, eventually working way to Captain of Tankers and sea-going Tug and Barges. I have an unlimited tonnage-any ocean Masters license.

I'm retired now and using this time and opportunity as a way to get Ishmael off the mooring as much as I can.  This helps me defray the maintenance costs of keeping Ishmael beautiful, functional and safe


Oscar Thompson - Mate

Oscar just completed his first year of college at Warren Wilson in North Carolina, and he is returning for his second year aboard Ishmael as my mate.  He is the son of a very dear friend of mine who has sailed with us,  long before Oscar was born.  Oscar is an island kid who has a connection to a long history of distinquished islanders.