So one more surprise was in store for me during my recent trip to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. At lunch I mentioned Howard Chapelle, he of American Small Sailing Craft and other utter classics, since he lived in the area. One of the boatwrights responded that Mr. Chapelle had retired to the museum. And you know that nondescript desk I had walk by a few times – was his!
So here it is folks – Chapelle’s desk. You are looking at a high alter of traditional small boat design. Think how much is preserved of traditional small craft from the man’s hand. It was stunning to think about. And more stunning that it is in a museum and not shown off. Goodness, folks, this is an exhibit! Make this thing public!