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Kewaydin AT-24 - History

Kewaydin AT-24 - History


An Indian chief of what is now Michigan whose name meant "North Wind."

Kewaydin, a screw steamer, was laid down at Boston Navy Yard in 1864. but her hull was never completed. Renamed Pennsylvania 15 May 1869, she was broken up in 1884.

The double-turret monitor Kickapoo (q.v.) carried the name Cyclops from 15 June 1869 to 10 August when she was renamed Kewaydin. She saw no service as Kewaydin.


(AT-24: dp. 795; 1. 156'8"; b. 30'2"; dr. 14'7"; s. 13 k.; cpl. 35; a. none; cl. Bagaduce)

Kewaydin (AT-24) was launched 25 June 1919 by Ferguson Steel & Iron Co., Buffalo, N.Y.; accepted by the Navy 31 October; and commissioned 4 November, Lt. M. A. McDuffie in command.

Assigned to the 5th Naval District, Kewaydin arrived Norfolk, Va., 19 June 1920. For more than 22 years she operated out of Norfolk from Boston, Mass., to Charleston, S.C., towing ships and targets and performing yard, harbor, and salvage duty. She departed New York 16 November 1942 with a Iceland-bound convoy and was damaged while steaming through heavy seas 19-27 November. After repairs at St. John's, Newfoundland, she arrived Hvalfjordur, Iceland, 22 December. Assigned to the Naval Operating Base, she towed gasoline barges, provided harbor tug services, and assisted in salvage operations. On 13 April 1943 she assisted in freeing Uranus (AF-14), grounded off Akureyri, along the northern coast of Iceland.

Kewaydin departed Reykjavik 19 April for Argentia, Newfoundland, where she arrived 28 April for duty as harbor tug and target-towing ship for Task Force 22. She served at Argentia until she sailed 2 June for Norfolk, arriving on the 7th. Resuming duty out of Norfolk, Kewaydin towed antisubmarine and surface targets in Chesapeake Bay and steamed from Maine to South Carolina on towing and salvage duty. While steaming off Cape Henry 17 and 18 November, she helped to free grounded Melville (AD-2) ; and, during towing operations along the New England coast 11 to 13 December, she searched for SS Suffolk, disabled in heavy seas.

Departing Charleston, S.C., 25 January 1944, Kewaydin steamed in convoy via Bermuda and the Azores for England. She reached Falmouth, England, 13 March, and for more than 2 months she made towing runs along the southern coast of England from Falmouth to the Thames River. Reclassified as ATO-24 on 13 April, Kewaydin joined in the Normandy Invasion. Departing Selsey, England, 8 June, she towed lightship AL-28 to Utah Beach at St. Laurent, France. Between 8 June and 14 January 1945 she made 22 Channel crossings. Although harassed by unfavorable weather and German V-1 robot-hombs, she towed barges and landing craft from Lee-on-Solent, Falmouth, Plymouth, Portland, and other English ports to St. Laurent, Arromanches, Cherbourg, and Calais, France. While anchored at Dungeness, England, 29 June, she was slightly damaged by a V-1 robot-bomb that exploded close aboard after being shot down by British fighters.

Kewaydin continued operating along the English coast until she departed Plymouth 16 March 1945 for the United States. Steaming via Belfast, Ireland, she reached Cape Cod., Mass., 12 April and arrived Norfolk 22 April. After a complete overhaul, she sailed 16 June with YR-31 in tow. Steaming via Bermuda, Cuba, and the Panama Canal, she reached San Diego 31 July as the Navy's final blows against Japan brought the war in the Pacific to a close. Kewaydin decommissioned at San Diego 10 December and was transferred to the Maritime Commission. She was sold to Bay Cities Transportation Co., San Francisco 23 December.

Kewaydin received one battle star for World War II service.

Kewaydin AT-24 - History

Believed to be the only surviving Rye-built sailing smack, KEEWAYDIN was launched in 1913 by G & T Smith, of Rye, for Lowestoft owners, and registered with the number LT 1192. She was built of carvel oak planking on oak frames, and her design and rig was based on the Brixham sailing trawler.

KEEWAYDIN fished out of Lowestoft on the North Sea banks until 1937. She then went to Denmark and later Sweden for coastal cargo carrying, with a 60 hp Bolander oil engine installed she was renamed Vastenwind in 1944. During the Second World War she also carried refugees from Denmark to neutral Sweden and on one trip carried a total of 420 commandos. She was also believed to have been involved in gun running.

In 1963 she was converted into a yacht and in 1973 was entered into the first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, and completed the circumnavigation. In 1974 she went to the Greek islands as a charter yacht and her rig was altered to two Bermudan sails. In 1985 she was renamed Odysseus. In 1989 she was bought by Adrian Amos, renamed Alice A, and went to Malta for major repairs. Later Amos renamed her Keewaydin again.

In August 1997 she was bought by her present owners at Malta after the previous owner’s restoration project had failed. She was sailed to Brixham in 1998 where her restoration to the original gaff rig was finally completed. In 2001 KEEWAYDIN sailed again as a charter and holiday yacht based at Cardigan, west Wales, and sleeping twelve guests. She was damaged in September 2005 when on charter to a London sailing school using their own crew. An eighteen month rebuild followed, repairing the counter and starboard side. She was then mostly employed taking disadvantaged Carmarthenshire children to sea for adventure training.

In 2008 her base became Falmouth, Cornwall which opened up opportunities for holiday voyages to the Scillies, Brittany, and beyond. In 2011 a new mainmast was stepped. At about midnight on 1/2 June 2011 KEEWAYDIN ran aground on an outcrop between the Scilly islands of Tresco and Bryher. The fourteen people on board were taken from the vessel to the shore by a local boat. The crew and a fire and rescue service crew from the island used a pump to keep the boat afloat overnight, and after about six hours she was refloated on the high tide and beached on Bryher for repairs.

Update, March 2021: Following the tragic death of her owner, KEEWAYDIN is looking for a new owner. Serious enquiries only to Luke Powell at Working Sail - https://workingsail.co.uk/

Source: Historic Sail, Britain's surviving working craft, Paul Brown, the History Press.


Rye Vessels, Rye Local History Group
Classic Boat: Charter UK Destinations - Wish you were here?,Edition 273, February 2011
Classic Boat: Brixham Trawler Keewayadin remembers,June, 2004


A Sustainability Grant of £3000 for new sails was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

Kewaydin AT-24 - History

USS Decatur , a 1190-ton Clemson class destroyer built at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, was commissioned in August 1922, the last (by a few days) of the more that 270 similar "flush-deck" destroyers constructed during the World War I era. After several months out of commission in 1923 she began a steady period of active service, primarily in the Pacific but with occasional operational visits to the Caribbean and the Atlantic coast. In 1925 she participated in the Battle Fleet's cruise to New Zealand and Australia.

Beginning in February 1937 Decatur was stationed in the Atlantic as a training ship, work that was supplemented by Neutrality Patrol assignments after World War II began in Europe. She was employed as a convoy escort in the North Atlantic from September 1941, remaining in that role when the United States formally entered the fighting in December of that year. In mid-1942 the destroyer's convoy operations shifted to the routes between the Eastern U.S. and the Caribbean and, in February 1943, Decatur began escorting ships across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Her convoy service was interrupted in late 1943 by a tour with the anti-submarine task group centered on the escort carrier Card (CVE-11). A planned conversion to a high speed transport (with hull number APD-30) was cancelled, and Decatur remained a destroyer for the rest of her days. From mid-1944 she had nearly a year of escort and training duty in the Caribbean area. Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in July 1945, USS Decatur was sold for scrapping at the end of November 1945.

USS Decatur was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), one of the United States Navy's greatest heros and leaders of the first two decades of the 19th Century.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS Decatur (DD-341).

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Underway during the 1920s or 1930s.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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In the Panama Canal, during the 1920s or 1930s.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Harriet A. Harris, USN(NC)-Retired. Donated by Mrs. J.B. Redfield, 1961.

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Steaming at sea in company with another destroyer, circa 1925.
The original photograph was received in July 1925.

Official U.S. Army Air Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

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Underway during the Fleet Review, 4 June 1927.
USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) is partially visible in the left distance.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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At anchor, circa the 1930s.
Color-tinted black & white photograph.

Donation of the Lincoln County Museum, North Platte, Nebraska, 2010.

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Off Poughkeepsie, New York, 17 June 1939.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

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Underway at sea, 22 January 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.

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Off the New York Navy Yard, 7 August 1943.

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Off the New York Navy Yard, 7 August 1943.

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"Red Lead Row", San Diego Destroyer Base, California

Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Many of the ships present are identified in Photo # NH 42539 (complete caption).

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With other ships at Pier 7, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, on 19 October 1937. The other ships present are (from left to right):
USS Texas (BB-35)
USS Decatur (DD-341)
USS Jacob Jones (DD-130) and
USS Kewaydin (AT-24).
Note automobiles parked in the foreground.

Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives.

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In addition to the views referenced above, the National Archives appears to hold several other photographs of USS Decatur (DD-341). The following listing describes some of these images:

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DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".

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Keewaydin Park The park is scattered with pine trees, ball fields, playground equipment, and smiling faces.

Maintenance is increasing at all neighborhood parks, thanks to additional annual funding from the 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan (NPP20). This initiative also funds ongoing rehabilitation and major project to restore neighborhood parks and help address racial and economic equity.

Park Details

Size: 4.05 acres

Neighborhood: Keewaydin

Master Plan: After two years of extensive community engagement, the Keewaydin Park Master Plan was approved in 2016 as part of the South Service Area Master Plan. The Keewaydin Park Master Plan will guide outdoor park improvements at Keewaydin Park for the next 20-30 years. Click the link below to view the master plan.

Rental & Permits

Athletic Rentals: Call the recreation center directly to reserve a field, court, or rink for a single practice or game. Policy [PDF] Application [PDF]

Recurring Athletic Rentals: To reserve a field, court, or rink for two or more dates, visit our athletic permit page. Application [PDF]

Outdoor Use and Event Space: Learn how to reserve park space for corporate events, community celebrations, and more. Application [PDF]


Name: The name comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha. Keewaydin was the “Northwest Wind, the Home Wind.” Before the name was formally adopted on May 2, 1928, the park was known as Alexander Ramsey Playground, because it was adjacent to what was then Alexander Ramsey School.

Acquisition and Development

Keewaydin Field Park came into being as the result of votes by the school board and park board in 1927 to cooperate on the purchase and use of a new school and playground, which would generate a “substantial saving” to the city. The school would provide a gym and shelter while the park board would develop outdoor playground and recreation facilities. A plan for the development of the property was included in the 1927 annual report of the park board. The 1928 annual report called this the first instance of close cooperation between the two boards, although earlier efforts to develop Audubon and Stewart parks also involved collaboration between the two boards.

The 1928 report announced that acquisition of land east of the recently built school was nearly completed. The land was purchased through condemnation procedures at a total cost of just under $2,400. After the acquisition, Nokomis Avenue between the park and school was vacated.

Improvements began in late 1928 and continued into 1929 when 38,600 cubic yards of fill were used to create a level playing field. The park board noted in its 1929 report that the park had the best-equipped shelter for skating and hockey rinks due to the “well-appointed” basement room provided by the new school. By the summer of 1930, the park board provided recreation instructors for the new park after playground equipment was installed and two tennis courts—with backstops— were built.

In 1930 and 1931 the park board continued to haul in fill in a fight to keep the land at a level grade. Because the park was built on a former swamp, fill kept settling. Finally in 1932, the fields were regraded and the tennis courts and a concrete wading pool were finished.

It wasn’t until 1959 that the park had year-round recreation programming.

The park board redeveloped the park and built a recreation center there in 1971-1972. At that time the park board and school board considered making the recreation center part of the school, but ultimately decided to build a free-standing facility.

A new playground for small children was developed at the park in 2000. A computer lab was opened in the rec center in 2007.

Salem Business Protests Illegal Use of Company Name at Hampton Beach

A SIGN OF THE TIMES? The Shirt Factory store at Hampton Beach, seen here during an earlier protest over the content of their shirts now faces a fight over their name. [Atlantic News Photo by Tim Turcotte]

HAMPTON -- The recent and on-going controversy involving the sale of T-shirts at The Shirt Factory at Hampton Beach, which contain inflammatory and denigrating writing and graphics about the gay community, has taken an unexpected turn. A firm in Salem, NH, also named The Shirt Factory, issued a news release which The Atlantic News received last Thursday. It was accompanied by a copy of a Certificate of Registration (for the trade name of The Shirt Factory) dated April 20, 1995.

In an interview with Kevin Kennelly, owner of The Shirt Factory, 24 Keewaydin Drive, Salem, we learned that he has instructed his attorney to send a "cease and desist" notice to the Malehs (owners of The Shirt Factory at Hampton Beach). The notice states that they must not use the logo "The Shirt Factory" because it is solely registered to Kennelly.

We are publishing the news release in its entirety, as follows:

"For the record, the trade name The Shirt Factory is registered with the State of New Hampshire to Kevin Kennelly of Salem, N.H. (Certificate of Registration attached). The Shirt Factory, located at 24 Keewaydin Drive in Salem, NH, is not affiliated with, or associated with a business wrongly bearing the same name in Hampton Beach, NH. The Shirt Factory, has initiated legal steps to protect its sole ownership of the name in the State of New Hampshire.

The reputation of The Shirt Factory located in Salem, NH, has unfortunately been wrongly tarnished as a result of the recent controversy involving The Shirt Factory at Hampton Beach and the subsequent media coverage surrounding the ordeal.

"The Shirt Factory, located in Salem, NH, strongly opposes the views and the practices of the owners of The Shirt Factory at Hampton Beach, NH. The Shirt Factory, located in Salem, NH, will take an active role in supporting Carl Beletzer and the organization, Concerned Citizens of the Seacoast in their efforts to bring the situation to a positive resolve."

Keewaydin Island

Keewaydin Island is a barrier island located between Naples and Marco Island with nearly eight miles of untouched white sand beach. (Eighty percent of the island is undeveloped, and the rest is populated with private homes.) This island beach is only accessible by boat, and it is the only pet-friendly beach in the Naples/Marco Island area.

The Hemingway Water Shuttle departs seven times daily for drop off and pick up trips to the beach at Keewaydin. The shuttle is pet-friendly, so leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to ride, too.

Boat rentals are available from conveniently located marinas in Naples and Marco Island. Also, several regular sightseeing boat trips feature stops at the island for beach walking and shelling. These include trips on the Sweet Liberty sailing catamaran, Miss Naples sailing catamaran, Dolphin Explorer boats and others operated by Pure Florida.

Keewaydin Island Amenities

Due to its pristine, undeveloped nature, Keewaydin Island does not offer bathroom facilities. A "burger barge" routinely anchors onshore on the east side of the island to serve ice cream, hot dogs, sandwiches, sodas and beer.

Details & Amenities

Guest Information


Keewaydin is a very special setting for an intimate wedding. This barrier island is located between Naples and Marco Island with nearly eight miles of deserted, white sand beach. Eighty percent of the island is undeveloped, the rest is populated with private homes. This island beach is only accessible by boat, and it is the only pet-friendly beach in the Naples/Marco Island area.

The Hemingway Water Shuttle departs seven times daily for drop off and pick up trips to the beach at Keewaydin. Book your passage online and enjoy the ride! The shuttle is pet-friendly - leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to ride!

Boat rentals are available from conveniently located marinas in Naples and Marco Island. Also, several regular sightseeing boat trips feature stops at the island for beach walking and shelling. These include trips on the Sweet Liberty and Dolphin Explorer boats and others operated by Pure Florida. Keewaydin is a very special setting for an intimate wedding.

Chapter History

On a cold evening of January 3, 1906, Harriet Guilgord invited several of her closest friends to her home to discuss forming a new social group modeled after one she had heard about in Washington, D.C.—the Daughters of the American Revolution. Several women at this organizational meeting had been active in Minnesota for many decades: Ella Griswold, Helen Blaisdell, Margaret and Helen Richmond, Una and Ina McClatchie, Elizabeth Bell, Sally Kendricks, Lucy Pingry, Olive and Ellen Brooks. Olive Brooks was named the chapter’s first regent.

The name, Keewaydin, was chosen to reflect the Minnesota American Indian heritage. It means “North Wind” in Ojibwe. Keewaydin was the fifteenth chapter organized in Minnesota. Upon its founding, Minnesota Society DAR State Regent, Emily R. Harris Bell, said Keewaydin was “our fairest and youngest born”.

In the year following organization, the chapter grew and participated in civic activities. The minutes from 1906-1918 were lost, but the 1909-1910 yearbook lists 18 members, only three of whom were married. It contains pages of names and addresses, and programs for 11 monthly meetings. The cover is hand-tied with a red/white/blue ribbon.

In 1910, our chapter members were involved in the Minnesota State DAR (MNDAR) acquisition and restoration of the Sibley House property in Mendota, Minnesota. It was the home of Minnesota's first state governor, Henry Hastings Sibley and it was the first stone house build in the state. In 1924, the MNDAR added the nearby Hypolite Dupuis House to the site. It was here the Sibley Tea Room opened in 1928. Chapter member Gladys Jacobson was manager of the restaurant for many years. In 1931, the chapter contributed $25 for equipment.

Keewaydin member, Marveen Minish, served as the DAR Sibley House Association president for a number of years before the site was turned over to the Minnesota Historical Society in 2003. To honor Marveen for her work, the chapter donated $250 to the 2001-2004 President General's Project, "Preserving Our Family Tree," and had her name inscribed on the Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR leaf added to the tribute wall tree sculpture in Memorial Continental Hall. Pictured below is a chapter outing held in 2017 at the Sibley House.

On Peace Day, May 22, 1912, Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR presented a patriotic memorial to the new West High School. The mural no longer exists as the building has since been torn down. The panel mural decoration was inscribed with a quotation by Daniel Webster:

"If we work upon marble, it will perish

If we work upon brass, time will efface it

If we rear temples, they will crumble into dust

But if we work upon mortal minds,

if we imbue them with principles,

with the just fear of God and love of our fellow man,

we engrave on these tablets something which

will brighten all eternity."

Keewaydin Daughters were supportive of war relief work, and volunteers provided clothing and bandages during both World Wars. A donation of $20 was acknowledged for an Industrial Home for French war orphans in 1918. Later that year, a fundraiser was held at the Bloomington Town Hall to support the work of chapter member Marion Moir in Paris, France. In 1920, the Minneapolis Regents' Unit presented a beautiful velvet banner with the DAR Insignia to the Minnesota State DAR (MNDAR). Marion Moir had the Insignia embroidered in Paris at a cost of $50. The banner remains in use today at State Conferences and Board of Management meetings.

On June 15, 1934, Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR placed a commemorative plaque on the Gideon Pond House in Bloomington, Minnesota.


Volunteer Missionaries to the Dakotas

Who Arrived at Ft. Snelling May 6, 1834

This Tablet is Placed on the House Built

In 1856 by Gideon H. Pond. Near-by is the site

Of the Old Mission House Built of Logs in 1843

Placed June 1934 by Keewaydin Chapter DAR

Fifteen daughters from the Keewaydin and Maria Sanford chapters were present on September 8, 1928, to mark the grave of “Real Daughter,” Sarah Poage Pond, in the Bloomington Cemetery. Sarah was the wife of Gideon H Pond and the daughter of Colonel James A. Poage, who rendered patriotic service in Virginia her mother was Mary Woods.

Keewaydin Chapter Daughters always like a good party, and the 25th anniversary of the founding was no exception. It was celebrated at the January 1931 meeting, at which nearly all members dressed in costumes of at least 25 years ago. The program was a historical view of the chapter, and included a dance demonstration of the Minuet. It was attended by the Minnesota State Regent. Twenty-fifth anniversary projects included: sending gifts to the Holiday Bureau for the children of unemployed mothers providing a family in need with household items and clothing giving $50 to the Regent’s Unit for Americanization Work and devoting a day to sewing for the Red Cross.

Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR celebrated its semi-centennial, 50th anniversary in 1956, which was the same year the City of Minneapolis celebrated its centennial. At this time, 82 women enjoyed their DAR membership through the Keewaydin Chapter. On April 7, an anniversary tea was held “in the most perfect facilities" at the Prudential Insurance Company. Guests included the state officers and regents of other chapters. The program included a pageant, “So Passed the Years,” performed by a cast of 25 members. Regent Gladys Jacobsen presented 50-Year membership pins, and announced the 50th anniversary gift in honor of Honorary State Regent, Louise Burwell, of Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR.

The planning committee for the 75th anniversary of Keewaydin Chapter included members Geraldine Erickson and Iona Holsten. The celebration was September 6, 1980, at the Woman’s Club, and attended by 58 people - 28 members and 30 guests, including regents from other chapters and 100-year-old Keewaydin Daughter, Jennie Hiscock. A reception with music preceded the luncheon, and Congressman Martin Sabo greeted guests. Stillwater Girl Scout Troop #1272 marched in for the opening ritual and after lunch the birthday cake was cut for dessert. Seated at the head table was Honorary State Regent and Vice President General Jennie Robinson. Minnesota Attorney General Warren Spannous was the guest speaker and charter member Ella Griswold Guilford gave a small talk.

Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR celebrated its 100th anniversary on four occasions orchestrated by Past Regent Mary Kaye Brown. Members decided to use set-aside funds to celebrate modestly within the chapter and MNDAR and in grand style by recognizing select community individuals and giving a total of $1,500 to the non-profit agencies they serve. The organizations represented community service on local, state, and national levels. A NSDAR Conservation Medal and two community service medals were also presented, one of which went to chapter member, Ruth Jones, volunteer extraordinaire for the Cedar Lake Park Association. Many daughters dressed in period clothing for the annual chapter meeting on May 4, 2006, at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club. Afterward, centennial anniversary cake was served at the luncheon. State Regent Lynne Yarbrough, who had just installed the chapter officers for the new term, was a special guest.

The highlight of the centennial celebration occurred on May 20 at the Minnesota Society DAR State Conference. During the MNDAR Awards Recognition Luncheon, Keewaydin Chapter NSDAR introduced and honored four of its philanthropic recipients with certificates of appreciation and $250 donations to their organizations. The chapter also provided Keewaydin-inscribed pens as table favors. Later at the banquet, Mary Kaye Brown dressed in her 1906 outfit, briefed the Minnesota Society on chapter history. Past Regent Roberta Everling presented President General Presley Merritt Wagoner with the chapter’s $250 donation to the 2004-2007 President General’s Project. The book plaque for the NSDAR tribute wall bookshelf sculpture notes that the donation is in honor of the Keewaydin Chapter Centennial. Late in the evening, the chapter shared a second 100th anniversary cake at the open house honoring the President General.

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Midlife in Maine living life to the fullest in the Maine woods

So we’re moving away. In the near future, I hope to discuss where we are going and why. Our wonderful homestead in Maine is up for sale.

Consequently, this has been a summer of lasts. The last time my children and grandchildren will experience Maine’s magic with their grandparents. Believe me, we made the most of it, and everyone had a wonderful time hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, cliff jumping, camping, and toasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire. I will always treasure the special bond we developed over the years thanks to Maine. Even if the youngest ones don’t remember precise details, they will always remember that they shared good times with us, and even if they can’t quite remember why, they will always know that they carry a special place in their heart for Maine summers.

Since the weather has been so warm, we’ve tried to make the most of hiking to our favorite spots, as well as trying new ones. Because of the warmth, Fall is late getting started with almost no leaves turning color. Our hummingbirds finally migrated away this past Sunday and I cleaned out the feeder and put it away. This weekend it is supposed to rain – – a welcome relief to the most serious drought we’ve experienced in the seven years we’ve been here. Forty-degree nights will accompany the rain.

That’s when I realized today was my last chance, perhaps forever, to swim in Kewaydin Lake, my favorite of the many lakes surrounding my house, and I was determined to make the most of it. At the edge of Kewaydin Lake is a small dam, and the water spills out into a rushing stream below, eventually flowing to the Atlantic Ocean. With my dog, Truman, we swam and swam in the lake for 45 minutes, basking in the sun-warmed top layer and me enjoying the sharp coolness of the deeper areas on my lower extremities. It’s unlikely that we’ll enjoy another week of daytime temperatures in the 80s with nights in the 50s anytime soon, so I really cherished every moment.

To swim in Kewaydin is an almost holy experience, similar to immersing in a mikva, a Jewish ritual pool. The purity of the clear cleansing waters, the beautiful surroundings of mountains rimming the lake, the blue sky, the quiet, and the solitude (for rarely are other swimmers there) make it truly special.

Just as I left the water, a woman approached the edge of the dam.

“You don’t remember me, do you?” she asked.

“We met last year at the transfer station. We started talking, and exchanged phone numbers. We were going to go walking together to get some exercise.”

From the moment she reminded me where we had met, I remembered the circumstances very well. She was a lifelong resident of our town. Her husband had recently died, leaving her feeling completely helpless, lonely and bereft. I had suggested that we make time to walk on a weekly basis, knowing that she needed to unburden herself and that I could be a sympathetic ear, and we could both benefit from the exercise. She was a genuinely nice and gentle person. But after multiple attempts and conflicting schedules, we could never seem to make walking together happen and we simply fell out of touch. And now, here she was.

“I come here often,” she said. “I’ve been walking regularly, but I always end up here. It gives me comfort to visit Dennis,” she said. “You see, this is where I put him a few months ago: over the dam,” she said. She excused herself “to go be with Dennis” and walked about 20 feet ahead, sat at the edge, and immersed herself in deep thought.

It took a moment for the meaning of her words to sink in.

Her husband’s cremated remains were in Lake Kewaydin, spread exactly where I loved most to swim!

This was my last swim at Kewaydin, and like so many things about Maine, it was certainly momentous. Talk about Final Closure!

یواس‌اس کویدین (ای‌تی-۲۴)

یواس‌اس کویدین (ای‌تی-۲۴) (به انگلیسی: USS Kewaydin (AT-24) ) یک کشتی بود که طول آن ۱۵۶ فوت ۸ اینچ (۴۷٫۷۵ متر) بود. این کشتی در سال ۱۹۱۹ ساخته شد.

یواس‌اس کویدین (ای‌تی-۲۴)
آغاز کار: ۲۵ ژوئن ۱۹۱۹
اعزام: ۴ نوامبر ۱۹۱۹
مشخصات اصلی
وزن: 751 t.(lt) 1,000 t.(fl)
درازا: ۱۵۶ فوت ۸ اینچ (۴۷٫۷۵ متر)
پهنا: ۳۰ فوت (۹٫۱ متر)
آبخور: ۱۴ فوت ۷ اینچ (۴٫۴۵ متر)
سرعت: 12.4 kts

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Minneapolis Park History

The mystery of the fireplace in the dog park at Minnehaha Park has been solved thanks to reader “Tom.” Many people have followed this issue or expressed an interest in it and I know that many readers don’t check back to see comments on posts, so I wanted to bring this comment to your attention.

The fireplace surrounded by picnic tables in 1935. (Minnesota Historical Society)

This is the photo of the fireplace that Tom found in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, which includes more than 230,000 photographs. As I’ve noted many times, that collection is invaluable and immensely enjoyable. The picnic ground belonged to the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital according to the photo description. Tom further notes that the park board acquired this land in 1959. Thanks for your comment, Tom. Does anyone want to tell us when the fireplace and picnic ground were built?

Excellent Comments

I would suggest that you check back on your favorite park subjects occasionally to see recent comments, or subscribe to comments on any post. Especially interesting in recent months have been

Chuck Solomon’s comment in which he named all of the coaches and nearly every player from a McRae Park football photo

Another tribute to Marv Nelson, a youth football coach at Folwell Park in the 1960s and 1970s

Memories of Keewaydin Park, especially kids’ games and hockey.

These are just a few of the comments in recent months. Thanks to everyone who has commented on the articles here or has contacted me personally with more stories. I appreciate them all. Stories: that’s what this web site is all about.

David C. Smith

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Keewaydin Park Before and After — 1928

Like a lot of other people I’m curious to see the new look of Keewaydin Park and School. Construction is underway. It has to be an improvement over what was there a few years ago.

Keewaydin Park before — the first time c. 1928. (Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board)

Okay, it was a long time ago. In 1928-29 the park board hauled in 38,600 cubic yards of fill to bring the playing fields up to grade on one side. Clearly the neighbors tried to help by discarding their refuse there, too. The crate says “Morell’s Pride Hams and Bacon.” But that wasn’t enough the fill kept settling. The park board continued to fill the former swamp in 1930-31. By 1932 the field had been filled sufficiently to be regraded and have tennis courts and a wading pool finished. By 1934 the grounds looked much nicer.

Keewaydin School and surrounding park in 1934. (Norton and Peel, Minnesota Historical Society)

Keewaydin was one of the early collaborative projects between the park and school boards. In the park board’s 1929 annual report it noted that the park had one of the best-equipped shelters for skating and hockey rinks due to the “well-appointed” basement rooms of the school. The doors on the lower level in this photo must have been the entrance to those rooms.

Anybody remember skating there or going to school there when it was new? Does anybody want to take a photo of present construction and email it to me? I forgot to zip over and take one Sunday when I was at Longfellow House.

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