Responses to The End of an Era


We’ll add new messages as they come in with the most recent on top.

05/22/21 Jurgis Brakas

I did a quick check on the internet to see what was happening in Wickford. Seems quite a bit since the Pandemic. Sorry to hear about the loss of tangible memories and possessions. I share the pain. At least we survived another year. I assume you’re back at it just like the tide coming in. Hope to stop by someday soon and smell some fresh cut wood. Till then be safe, stay positive and keep smiling.

02/22/20 O. Ziegler

I’m just learning of this devastating news; tears in my eyes as I read what others have written of this terrible loss. George, Dominic, Christian, my heart goes out to you. Such wonderful memories were made in that shop . Thinking of you all and wishing I was close enough to stop by and give you all a hug. I’ll see you this summer~ With Love, O.Z.

9/22/19 Peter Palmer

The loss of the Zachorne Shop is a shocking event. I would be eager to repay the kindness shown to me over the years by George and Dominic. Please let me know how I might be of assistance as the future unfolds.

9/19/19 Brendan Sykes

This has brought me to tears. I spent many wonderful days of my youth in such a place as this , every part of a boat shed holds a story ,the tools ,the models all are imprinted with the passion and idle daydreaming of those that laid hands upon them.
The only positive is that one can start again with a greater appreciation of the artisan and lure of a life by the sea.

9/18/19 Cindy Babcock

My heart hurts over this. As my great grandfather Albert Lemos was a boat builder and I was fortunate enough to see some of his work. It’s a lost art that few understand the beauty and love involved.

9/18/19 George Hagerty

 Recently having moved to North Kingstown, in Wickford Harbor I have fallen into a tiny wooden boat heaven. Walking the neighborhood and getting my sea legs in this new town I have thus far spied: one topsail and two baldheaded schooners, at least three ketches, two yawls (one with what looks like a 15 degree rake to the spars!), the largest, roundest and widest-beam catboat I’ve ever seen, an English cutter, half a dozen 12 ½’s and a fishing trawler said to be a town icon since the 1930’s. Not to mention all the other Herreshoffs, Concordias and Aldens on the hard along with numerous wineglass-stern tenders in the sheds of the old Perkins and Vaughn Shipyard down the street.
Indeed on my very first peek into one of the sheds we searched out George W. Zachorne Jr. & Sons shop and introduced ourselves without trying to be a bother while he worked to release a reticent bronze keel bolt from a sloop. Kindly invited to tour the shop by George and you can paint the picture I saw. Wooden boats seemingly too large to fit inside and in various states of patient repair, wood and scantlings piled, stacked and racked here and everywhere, dimly lit corridors and turnings past the requisite ship’s saws and various small offices filled with gear, paints and all the rest. Tools, in an order known only to their masters, smells of cedar, sawdust and shavings. A life. Of honest hard work owning, making and repairing the most beautiful of boats in wood. 
I pray you will continue on for many years to come and I will help you in anyway I can – cleaning clamps and tools and all the rest.

9/18/19 Dianne Izzo

For the 40 years I’ve lived in North Kingstown, I’ve watched the Zachornes row from their floating homes to the shop at the Shipyard. Loss of the building and its contents is a tragedy that will reverberate through months to come as tools, models, drawings, photographs and other tangible things are missed. I hope against hope that we will never lose the sight of their comings and goings on the water. Without them, Wickford would be just another marina.

9/18/19 Bill Patrick

Boat shops are great. Anyway I can help get this shop back up, please let me know.

9/18/19 Don Friswell

Gentlemen, so sorry for this huge loss. It’s as much emotional as physical. My lifelong friend, Dave E has been restoring a friends boats there. He is a great craftsman, so I know he is very sad to see his work on historic boats lost forever. Good luck.

9/18/19 Debra Mullaney

This is a beautiful testament to these two men and their life’s work and passion. I am in awe of the stories that have come forth about this family and their business. I own a boat on the first dock next to the building that went up in flames and my first reaction was that we had been spared with no damage. Little did I know that my heart would be just as heavy as if it had been damaged as I learned more about this family and the history of their lives that had been destroyed. I have the utmost respect for them and for their sorrow and I will contribute to their rebuilding their lives

9/18/19 Steve Hartley

In the end, all we ever have is memories. I felt that rich warmth of craft, history and tradition since the very early days of their shop at Pleasant Street Wharf. George and his boys will no doubt keep adding to those memories because that’s what they do. My best wishes to George, Dominic and Christian moving ahead.

9/18/19 Joanne Zulka

I have a shed full of various tools I’d be willing to donate.
Please contact me.

9/17/19 Carol Ward:

Beautifully done article; great tribute to the boat shop!  So glad to hear that they have such good friends to help out.  It takes a village :)

9/17/19 Sally Kingsbury:

That’s a great piece…very poetic and a call for community!

9/16/19 Jim Kricker:

As you probably remember Gannon & Benjamin’s ship burned down some years ago, they might be a source of information about bringing tools back from the dead as well as dealing with the emotional fallout from this kind of tragedy.
I probably have some duplicate hand tools that I’d be happy to donate if the need is there. If so, send me a list and I’ll see what I have. If there is a group effort to rebuild the shop I’d be happy to spend a little time on that also. Let me know.

9/16/19 Thad Danielson:

Love your little corner of Wickford, George. Terrible loss but just things. I hope you can get a shop running again. I do have some extra hand tools, planes, etc. It would be an honor to keep you going.

9/16/19 Peggy Leeson:

We are thinking of the wonderfully talented and kind 
Zachorne family and wishing we could do something to help 
Relieve your pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers
And every time we see and sail on our old Hope San we thank you 
For bringing her back to life.May God bless you in your hour 
Of sadness and tragedy.
Peggy and Rob

9/16/19 Eliza Collins:

Please let me know what can be done to help George and Dominic. Saw Dom this morning. there was a glimmer of a smile as an ash covered box of drill bits was presented to him . We need to help there be a full grin on his face.

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