As It Relates To The First Cruise

By Frank And Violletta In Wildcard


                       The author and his wife sailed their 37 foot sloop            Ragdoll.jpg - 9854 Bytes

                       the Ragdoll on Long Island Sound.

                       They sailed the route taken by Frank and Violletta

                        in the novel Wildcard.


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The author at the helm of Ragdoll

on a nice sailing day in the summer

on Long Island Sound.  


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Doris, the Author's wife at the helm

while sailing on Long Island Sound


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The author and his brother

Bob relaxing aboard

The Ragdoll




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New London Ledge Light House was built in 1909

and guards the entrrance to the Thames River where

Frank and Violletta sailed on their way to the Tident

Boat building complex at New London.



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                       Trident Boat under construction at the

                       New London Electric Boat Works

                       where Frank and Violletta were

                       intercepted by the Coast Guard.


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Sailing into the US Coast Guard station at New London,

Connecticut, Frank and Violletta passed by the USS

Eagle. The Eagle was a WWII war prize taken from the

Germans as part of their reparations and has ever since

been a Coast Guard training vessel.