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True Marine Romer by MARIMAR McNAUGHTON photography by ALLISON POTTER alter Marine’s family lore handed down from one generation to the next has canonized this loving cup. As the story goes, a storm blew up on July 4, 1914, capsizing a party fishing boat captained by Marine. Fourteen men were tossed into the sea, four did not know how to swim. Capt. Marine was able to save three but the fourth did not make it. Capt. Walter Marine advertised his fishing and hunting services in Field & Stream magazine. He docked his party boat, Romer, used for fish-ing excursions, moonlight rides and speedboat rides, at the Seashore Hotel in Wrightsville Beach. Marine, from Marine, North Carolina, had been reared in Onslow County. His granddaughter, Katherine McKenzie of Landfall says, “To me, he had one of the most idyllic lives. He fished in the summer and hunted in the winter.” Her ancestors, she says, including her great grandfather who was listed in the census as a merchant and gentleman farmer, had tobacco fields with tenants, a store, salt mill, lumber mill and a fleet of cargo ships. To commemorate his heroic rescue, the surviving members of that fateful fishing trip awarded him a silver loving cup for his skill and daring on July 4, 1914. “It’s a beautiful thing,” McKenzie says, “that’s always been a treasure in our family.” beachbights loving cup – a large ornamental vessel, usually made of silver and having two or more handles given as an award in modern sporting contests and similar events. W A silver loving cup was presented to Capt. Walter Marine on July 4, 1914. Inset, his business card. Right, a photo of Capt. Walter Marine. 22 WBM july 2013


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