Roger Duncan, the primary author of The Cruising Guide to the New England
Coast for many years passed away at age 93 on May 15.
- or even Loran
- "The Guide" was carried by virtually every cruising sailboat in the North East US - especially if they had any thoughts of visiting Maine
. First published by his father in 1937, Roger Duncan and his wife spent every summer from 1960 to the mid eighties sailing their Friendship sloop
Eastward up and down the cost writing of the set of the tide, the mid channel rock that didn't show on the chart, the place to find a blueberry muffin ashore, and how a British armed sloop
was put to flight off this island in the 18th century.
I was one of the many who got their first real taste of cruising under sail with "Duncan" open on the chart table. 35 years later, I still carry it and wouldn't try the passage
north of Swans Island without it regardless of the advice of the three networked chart plotter that are aboard.
Here's a brief excerpt at the start of the section on far eastern Maine
"To be headed east by Schoodic bell before a summer sou'wester with
Mount Desert fading astern and the lonely spike of Perit Manan light
just visible on the port bow is about as close to perfection as a man
can expect to come on this imperfect earth....
...The gregarious , the inexperienced navigators, and those who like to
dress up and go ashore for dinner will be happier west of Schoodic."
Perhaps he's east of Schoodic now....