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Thomas C. Gillmer,
one of America's most respected cruising boat designers

Release Date: December 28, 2009

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2009 has been a difficult year fraught with the passing of too many of our good old boat designers. We're saddened to bring you news of the death of Thomas C. Gillmer from complications of dementia on December 16.

Besides building the 32-foot Southern Cross and the Blue Moon, a 24-foot English Channel cutter, Tom was perhaps best known, in the sailing community as designer of the Allied Seawind ketch which was the first fiberglass boat to circumnavigate the world.

Good Old Boat Magazine profiled Tom in our July 2002 issue. He was the professor of naval architecture at the US Naval Academy for 27 years and also designed the Pride of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at St. Andrews Chapel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.,0,570586.story

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