Tall ship hopes to call Greenport home

Halie & Matthew may soon call Greenport home. The owners of the tall ship are currently trying to work out a financial arrangement with the Village Board and the community.
The ship, which just returned from a rescue mission in Haiti, has been based in Eastport, Maine since owners Butch Harris, Pat Driscoll and Colin Williams launched her some six years ago.
The 118-foot schooner with 92 feet of deck space was built by Mr. Harris and friend Johnny Bishop for a lot of money and sweat equity, Mr. Harris said aboard the ship Friday. But cancer claimed Mr. Bishop soon after the ship made its maiden voyage to Florida. Mr. Harris then went on a search for others to help support his fledgling new business, easily pulling in Mr. Discoll and Mr. Williams.
For more on the story of how the ship came to bring relief supplies to earthquake-ravaged Haiti and how it seeks to operate in Greenport check out Thursday’s Suffolk Times.
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