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Captain Don Turner's Great Grandfather Thomas Allen Owner of a Skipjack
on the Chesapeake
"...The boat was 40.5 ft. and had a breath of 13.4., with a depth of 3.2 ft. and built for a crew of 3. The boat was rigged as a sloop but could be used as a Skipjack. Her official number was 86537.
An official document was found indicated that Thoms Allen of McDaniel , Maryland obtained a coasting license for the sailing vessel G.M.D. Meek on October 3, 1910..."