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Old 03-27-2008, 06:45 AM
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I recently joined this site and noticed that a number of postings come from around Long Island Sound. While I am now living and fishing on the Gulf Coast my fishing roots go back to New England and in particular Niantic and New London. Last week I attended the funeral of a dear friend and outstanding charter boat captain. For those of you that fish the Race you have probably seen Capt Claude Adams and the Lady Margret fishing near Valiant Rock one of Claude's favorite holes. I first meet Claude in 1955 at the old Marster's Dock in New London. The following year Claude got his captain's license and started fishing with the first Lady Margret formerly the My Pal II which was owned by Tony Faria. Tony's son formed Faria Instruments which many of you are probably familiar with. In any event, I wanted to share the news of Claude's passing. There are not many folks that have been in the charter business for over fifty years. At Claude's funeral last Thursday in Niantic I saw many old friends and it was clear from the number of people in attendance Claude was well liked and respected.
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Thanks for posting this message. I went to school with two of his boy's but haven't seen them in many years. nice people. My prayers go out to them.
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i lived on pequot ave,and fish the race for many years,,i new claude and dick meek and howie beers very well,,,sad to hear about claude,,,did you know dick died 4 or 5 years ago?? i wonder if howie or ben rathburn are still alive,,,i was one of the original race and thames river rats,,i could tell you some stories!!!
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My first charter was with Captain Claude when i was 12, i am 51 now i haven't stopped fishing since.
I went on countless number of trips on the Wanderer,and The Lady Margaret with Claude and his
sons ClaudeIII, Donny and Steve. A great group of hardcore no nonsense fishermen. They didn,t
take any shit from jerks out on the water. I lost touch with them the last 5 or 6 years but will never forget
the good times,the beers and the stories. Hopefully the kids can keep up this great tradition and still make
a living. My condolences to the family, Vin
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Ben Rathbun is still alive but has Parkinsons( I believe) his son Franklin is out of the fishing business after two generations of fishermen in the family. I heard he works for a heating oil company. The final Anna R is now the Grumpa and is owned by Johnny Wadsworth, Waddy's son. A number of old timers were at Claude's service and I was able to get caught up on the news after many years. Saw many old friends from the Marsters Dock days with fine recollections. My father retired from the charter business in 1967 do you recall the Troubadour?
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i was fishing from 1975 to 1985,,,knew john wad and a bunch from niantic,,, peter fish,,,,knew frank when he was mate on annar,,in noank,,haven,t seen those people in years,,,iwas long lining out of chatham mass, but now do charters,,, knew john and kerry from j. and b. tackle,,,there father must be gone by now?? i worked over at eb building subs ,,, ernie from the mijoy fleet must be gone too,,,he was old when i knew him,,,learned how to fish from some of those guys,,,
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Ernie Schiller died years ago and I heard when I was in Niantic that his wife died last year. All the "youngsters" I knew in the 50's and 60's are gone but some of the old boats are still around. Ernie's Mijoy 747 is still running between the brigdges in Niantic. J &B Tackle is still doing business. My old friend Jay Dietrich is semi-retired now but still has his reel repair business there. He used to run charters on his Fortier the Privateer around the same time as you did. I did see Peter Fisher at Claude's funeral along with Johnny Wadsworth and a number of others from the "good old days".
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chris puglisi fished with me for years,,,i talked with him 2 years ago and he was supposed to come to the cape but never made it,,do you know him???
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No, I have been living and fishing on the Gulf Coast for a number of years and before that spent time flying in the USAF so I am somewhat out of date on what went on up North in the 70's and 80's. Still miss fishing off Montauk and Block Island though and the overnight trips to Block not to mention Labor Day weekend in Old Harbor-those were the days!
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Claude started in the fishing business at about (10) years old as mate on our Dad's boat, the Wanderer. When Claude was (17), the family bought the My Pal II from Tony Faria and renamed her Lady Margaret after our Mom. He was too young to get his captain's license so he ran the boat and Tony was the mate. Tony taught him alot and there were lots of funny stories told on the drive home.

Tony was Portugese and spoke English with a heavy accent (at least it seemed that way to me). I remember sitting around Marster's Dock at night, Tony taught us how to tell a shark from a swordfish by the movement of its fins. He'd hold up his thumb and index finger (tail and dorcel). If both wiggled it was a shark...if only the tail wiggled it was a sword.

Good times.
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you must be a relative,,,or so ,,,sorry to hear about claude,,,,getting old s cks,,,but still fishing
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Jim, it was great to see you under the most unfortunate of circumstances. I miss my chats with Claudie on the phone but still stay in pretty good touch with Jay Dietrich. I understand from him that the Lady Margret is for sale now. What's the story on this as I had heard from Claude that he was turning the business over to Donny?

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Hi Mate,

It didn't work out. Claude made it clear the boat and the business would be left to Sandy....possibly to be run by Don. After consideration, she doesn't want the liability. Result: the boat is up for sale.

Another subject: My daughter called tonight & said she was in a restaurant & heard Claude Adams' name mentioned. She introduced herself & asked how he knew Claude. It was Don Keeney. Remember the mate on the Lucky Strike....probably 1958 era. His father was Burt Keeney.

I guess fishermen are like old fish.....something lingers after they're gone.

Good to talk with you mate..

Jim
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I am sorry to hear that it didn't work out. I heard from Jay that Pete Fisher is handling the boat sale and that possibly Donnie may be running some charters on Pete's boat.

I sure do remember the Lucky Strike. Wow, it is a small world amongst us old fish heads!

Went offshore on my Trobadour last weekend for an overnight trip and hooked up with a sword but pulled the hook about 30 feet from the boat. We had another sword slash up a live bait but no hook up. Caught some nice dolphin 20+ pounds live baiting on Saturday. Nice to get out there but the cost of fuel is making it painful.

Let's keep in touch, I may be up your way this summer and would enjoy talking about the good old days at Marsters!

Mate
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Thanks for the reply Mate.

Here's my email address: jim.adams@comcast.net.

Jim
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Another sad day for Long Island sound fisherman as Claude III has passed away and joined his father. I came across this thread while searching for old pictures of the lady Margaret on the internet today.

Although, I do not know anyone involved in writing this thread, I do know everyone you have spoken off. Both Claude's were amazing fisherman and helped to revolutionize the way in which the Race is fished today. It is sad to see Claude to go so young.

From when I was very young, Claude was an idol of mine as I heard stories my father would tell of him and the fisherman down at Marster's dock. My grandfather had a boat there in the 50's and 60's.

I grew up in Niantic and my first job was working at the Niantic Dockominium's fuel dock for Jay Dietrich. I then went to work for Kerry Douton in his shop and on his charter boat. I also did landscaping and mowed young Claude's lawn. One day he stopped me while mowing and asked if I would mate for him. So I said yes. It was my dream as a little kid to work on the Lady Margaret. When I was little I could not care less about being a fireman or a baseball player. I wanted to mate on the Dot-E-Dee, the Lady Margaret or the Anna R.

I mated for Claude and Papa Claude part time for a few summers. Whenever they were short handed I was always happy to fill in and help. They were both a pleasure to work with. Really great fisherman. No one could blackfish like the Adams. I went with young Claude blackfishing a few times for fun and he would out fish everyone on the boat. It was not even close.

They were both exceptional fisherman who are legendary in our local community of fisherman. Pleasure to work with, fish with and to have known.

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