Donald Jackson Jr. Employee at Boat Yard
Class of 1961
End Approaches For Bigelow's Boatyard
Tuesday morning, following a special town meeting the night before, Cecil H. Bigelow appeared in Barnstable Court concerning the order to close the operations of his boatyard on Back River at Monument Beach.
Town Counsel recommended that the court will allow until August 7 for Mr. Bigelow to get the remainder of the boats out and the business closed.
Mr. Bigelow with his son Mike, their two regular employees Linwood Perry and Donald Jackson Jr., and Stanley Eldridge and Phil Cunningham who serve as extra help have worked to get the stored boats ready for the water. About 20 are left, still needing work and launching. Owners are not yet ready for some of the boats. The motorsailer under construction at the shop Is expected to be ready for the water In July.
The Bigelow Boat Shop operated by the Bigelow family at Monument Beach for 63 years is about to go out of existence.
Reuben Bigelow, father of the present owner, purchased the business In 1899 from A. C. Howland, then situated on the northerly end of Monument Beach, and the business has continued successfully despite hurricanes and depressions. The present location is not new to boats and boating. Previously known as Curry's Cove and Curry's Landing after the late Harry Curry, owner of the property for many years, who had his boats moored there and pulled them ashore in the winter. Also having boat house and boats there was Merton Long. Pilings for the shanty of Will Swift are still seen closer to the property of Roy Lawson.
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