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    Re: The Frank Reed School of Navigation
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2009 Apr 28, 02:24 -0400

    > But Quonochontaug is real and so is Quonset Point, and Wequetequock where I
    > used to live. There are a lot of Q's in the toponyms of southern New England.
    > :-)
    My memory must be failing. I lived in East Greenwich, RI (Greewich
    Cove/Greewich Bay/Narragansett Bay) during part of my youth. I fondly
    remember family trips to beautiful and quaint Quahaug, RI--nestled between
    Little Neck and Poquauhock, RI ;-)
    When I lived in RI, circa 1958 to 1960, Quonset/Davisville was quite busy,
    with everything from destroyers to aircraft carries there, as well as being
    the home of  "The Fighting Seabees."  East Greenwich was not a yuppie haven
    yet, and had an active mill and professional Quahogers. Weekends brought
    sailors with 2-dollar bills and the white Jeeps of the Shore Patrol to town.
    For anyone interested, we did indeed dig with our feet (plant the heel and
    sweep with the toe) for personal use.  Professionals generally worked out of
    flat bottomed work skiffs constructed of 2' x 10' planks, and used a "bull
    rake" to dig.  The stronger the man, the bigger the rake he could pull up
    full of mud and (hopefully) clams.
    Anyone that has not sucked down a steamed Little Neck or Cherry Stone, or
    eaten a good RI clam cake/fritter has missed one the true joys of life IMHO.
    Not to mention the local clam chowders, the recipes for which are all over
    the map.
    Bill B
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