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Final Journey for the Bertram Ric-Star II

Rick Gardner, a seasoned captain with 56 years of pleasure boating experience, decided this spring – at the age of 85 – that it was time to retire from his ownership of Ric-Star II, a 42-foot Bertram. His final journey …

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Great Dismal Swamp – The Life of a Lockmaster

Arnold Parkinson at the bow and Robert Peek secure Pisces for the lock-through to the Great Dismal Swamp. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink

“Deep Creek Lock, this is Pisces requesting a lock through,” said the deep voice on the VHF radio. “Roger that, Captain. I’ll be opening the gates at 1100 hours. Have your fenders and lines ready on the starboard side and …

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