I am Arthur Lohrey, and some might say I’m an old man. These reports are
exaggerated. I did turn seventy this October, 2017 and that’s a prime age to realize a new dream. I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich. Now I’m a captain of a 72 ft
wooden schooner so I guess that puts me somewhere in between. I’ve been planninga trip of sorts for sometime and while its not my first big idea, I’m betting it’s the
best one for the time and place.
In spite of a land locked birth I have been drawn to water and putting something in it that would float for as long as I remember. My latest vessel is Dirigo II, a ship with a storied history. One might describe much of my life’s vocations as saving old and
good things that have been forgotten. I got a bit of a soft spot like that and Dirigo II fit the bill.
After ten years of blood, sweat, tears and treasure she’s ready to voyage again. She looks really pretty tied up in the harbor, but that not what she or I were made for.
Morgan here, from San Juan Classic Day Sailing and Dirigo Sailing. I've been sailing for longer than I can remember. I guess that's what you get when you get someone like Captain Arthur for a father. I didn't intend to become a captain though, actually, my first intentional love was horses, so I became a trainer and was studying to become a veterinarian.
The call of the sea found me unexpectedly, as it is want to do, one summer during a break in college and I never went back. Instead I found myself behind a heat gun and a scraper during the day, and chatting with my ol' man about our newly budding schooner dreams in the evening over a pint. It was only a matter of time before we found her, the Dirigo.... It was love at first site and the rest is history.
I've spent the last 15 years of my life sanding, scraping, scrubbing, sewing, painting, varnishing... you know, sailing. I got my captains license a few years back, and now proudly act as mate and relief skipper. I also operate our northern outpost, San Juan Classic Day Sailing, doing day sails and private charters in the San Juan Islands. Aside from working with my father aboard the Dirigo, the light of my life is my beautiful 4 year old son, Rowan Michael. He's not a bad sailor either, with 5,000 nautical miles under his belt already. I'm one proud daughter and mama, and I don't think for one second that I'm not super grateful.