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Claude D. Boycott, noted Chesapeake Bay sailmaker and World War II Merchant Marine veteran, dies

Claude D. Boycott, noted Chesapeake Bay sailmaker and World War II Merchant Marine veteran, dies

Claude D. Boycott, a noted Chesapeake Bay sailmaker who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and later volunteered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, died Sept. 16 from renal failure at his St. Michaels home. He was 95.

“Dudley was a wonderful sailmaker who had made sails for himself and others through the years. It was a second career,” said Pete Lesher, chief curator of the maritime museum in St. Michaels. “He was a delightful, mild-mannered, soft-spoken gentleman.”

Claude Dudley Boycott was the son of Claude M. Boycott, a Pillsbury Co. salesman, and Alva E. Cederborg, a homemaker.

He was born in McKeesport, Pa. In...

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