The Last Schoonerman


by Joe Russell

“Lou Kenedy was a salty rapscallion. He redefined independence and toughness. Born with privileges in 1910, Kenedy chose the rigors of the sea. He loaded rough cargo without gloves so he wouldn’t wear them out. A latter-day buccaneer, he took no prisoners. Writer Joe Russell captures the life and wild times of this audacious, rough-shod sailor in all his rugged enterprise.” Roger Vaughn, Biographer/Adventure Writer LIFE Staff Writer & Sailor

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The true story of a man who, in 1928, at the beginning of his sophomore year, suddenly quit George Washington University, left his wealthy family, chose the sea and lived life on his own terms. From the 1920’s through the 1980s, and five decades after they were obsolete, Captain Kenedy mastered large cargo schooners, fought the sea, fought tough men and an even tougher society, a society that rejected anyone living on its edges. The Captain ran ten different ships (three were sunk, one by a U-boat) while married to a beautiful woman, raising four kids and a dozen dogs.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.2 x .6 in