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Inside The Running Fix

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Abby has an idyllic view of "going to sea" and what she knows is that men get to travel.

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Day's Ferry on the Kennebec River includes farms such as the Andersons' honeymoon nest and first purchase.
Abby has been a regular churchgoer; Days Ferry has a "re-start" for her non-practicing Lutheran.
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Seguin Island Light is the first ocean-going mark heading out or coming back for Clifford.
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Captain Clifford Anderson has been in coastal trade since he was sent to sea at fifteen as a seaman under instruction by a trusted sea captain, sailing an Anderson-built ship owned by a customer of Clifford's father. So, he is familiar with many of the small ports where his coastal topsail schooner has an advantage over the larger merchant vessels. 

 

One exception to the small port principle is the port of Charleston, where Clifford's father, a shipwright in Kittery, has a business partner. Colonel Dowling produces cotton for the textile mills in New England and has a local business in ice houses for the ice delivered in the Laura Lee bottoms as well as manufactured goods from New England.

Abby (Parker) Anderson is a public school teacher and the daughter of a professor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She is eleven years his junior, and he is not seen as a good match as a seagoing fellow with no formal education past the eighth grade by her family, Bowdoin faculty, and Brunswick society.

What Abby knows is that his education didn't stop with his departure from the classroom, and she senses he has a much better grasp of cultural similarities and differences up and down the coast than her father's Abolitionist colleagues. For instance, take McCrady's in Charleston where the business and the social events of the topsail schooner Laura Lee take place. The full spectrum of Southern views is exercised there in front of the Yankee trader--who some accuse of being a spy while they enjoy the ice he has brought them from New England.

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