Volume XI, Issue 25 ~ June 19-25, 2003

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Letters to the Editor

Seeking Info on Boat Builder George Edwards

Dear Bay Weekly:
I’m trying to get some information on a boat builder named George Edwards. My fiancé had a boat built by him that he had restored but that got destroyed by Hurricane Floyd. I’ve searched the Internet to no avail. I’m pretty good at finding things on-line, but I’m stumped now. The only thing that came close was an article by Bill Lambrecht in your paper in 1999.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
—Melodie Deacon, [email protected]

Editor’s reply: Searching in your footsteps on the new Google search engine on Bay Weekly’s homepage has lead me to your citation — and to a mistake. The column you mention — archived on the web at http://www.bayweekly.com/old-site/year99/issue7_39/burton7_39.html — was written by Bill Burton himself, not his occasional stand-in Bill Lambrecht. Burton, outdoor columnist for the Baltimore Evening Sun for over three decades and our old man on the Bay, included George Edwards in a column on great old captains.

“Farther up the Bay,” Burton wrote, “Frank Edwards and Lawrence Rye would drift eels around the shoals until their anglers got tired of fishing. The same for Fritz Knachle. All of them are out of Edwards Boat Yard on Middle River. But it’s said the best of them all was the late George Edwards, who built the well-known Edwards boats when he wasn’t fishing.”

“If your fiancé had a George Edwards boat,” Burton says, “he had a winner.”

Burton has long since lost touch with the family. But the boatyard was in Baltimore County, and county records may further your search. Meanwhile, let’s see what our readers have to say.

Hoyer on the Mark

Dear Bay Weekly:
It was very reflective of you to run a feature article about Congressman Steny Hoyer [Bay Weekly Interview: Vol. XI, No. 24, June 12]. He is truly a remarkable fellow.

My wife and I have known Steny and Judy, his late wife, for nearly 40 years. Judy was not only a wonderful wife and mother, but a tremendous worker for children. For at least 20 years she worked quietly and effectively to help them no matter what their situation.

Steny is a model for anyone seeking a policy career in state or national elective government. His personal conduct has always been a prototype for those who aspire to make our communities, state and nation a better place for us now and for future generations.

Carl Hayden, the late senator from Arizona served from the date that state was admitted to the Union until his retirement. When he chaired the Committee of Appropriations he described Steny as a “work horse, not a show horse.”

While Steny depreciates his role as a parent while his children were growing up, he was always there for them, whether they needed him or not.

Much is written that depreciates people or dwells on their short-comings. It was refreshing to see a positive article about an extremely talented public person.

— Robert E. Wolf, St. Leonard

We welcome your letters and opinions. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to us at [email protected].



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