By Kent Mountford: Although there were hundreds of catboats on Barnegat Bay in the early 20th century, none were quite like Silent Maid. She was built in 1924 at Bay Head, New Jersey, for Philadelphia businessman Edwin J. Schoettle. Silent Maid’s sailing life stretches across eight decades. The history of this ship is as much about the people who sailed her and where they came from as it is about the wood, iron, bronze, cordage, and canvas that fleshed out her frames. It was through their lives she moved. With over 470 illustrations, this book recounts how Silent Maid’s owners came to shape, nurture, and ultimately preserve her…and in return, how she influenced their lives.