From Mooring Sails to Hope

In Berkshires, I met a member of the Chard family whose grandfather built the sail powered oyster vessel by hand and Moored Sails, the original title of this painting reminded her of Hope, the only known surviving sail powered oyster sloop in existence. https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Norwalk-oystering-sloop-Hope-gets-a-new-life-4738941.php

Shenton King, owner of The Hope, the last sail-powered oyster sloop built to sail the Long Island Sound, poses for a photo with the boat at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn., on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry / Stamford AdvocatePhoto: Lindsay Perry