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Thread: RIP James Wharram

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    Default Re: RIP James Wharram

    Sad indeed but what a life.

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    Sad news, even though 93 is a good innings.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Oh my!

    Sadly in the last few years James' brain, which he always talked about as a separate entity, started to fail him due to Alzheimer's. He was very distressed by losing his mental abilities, and struggled with his diminished existence. He could not face the prospect of further disintegration and made the very hard call to end it himself. It was with great courage that he lived his life and with great courage he decided it was the time to finish.
    Sadly, that reminds me of Philip Bolgers passing.

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    Glad to have had the opportunity to meet him when invited to his home in the Falmouth estuary and it seemed he would be around forever, to the point that I had recently been hoping to write and ask e few questions regarding his thoughts on Oceanic seafaring beginnings. He certainly made the most of what he had set out to do with his life.

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    I met him once too, quite a character.

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    Sadness indeed, I'm quite fond of a lot of his designs. He got a lot of people both building and sailing boats.

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    This feels like the end of an era in the sailing world. He was a visionary in what he did and accomplished.
    -Dave

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    I had the pleasure of speaking with James on the deck of Peace IV at Mystic. Seems like yesterday, but isn’t time such a cruel and relentless master! I’m really sorry to hear of his passing and also of his distress in old age. What a wonderful legacy he leaves…


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