RIP Bruce Askew

Bruce Askew was long central to Rogue’s restoration. As explained elsewhere on this site, his enthusiasm for returning Rogue to her 1892 flush-decked gaff-rigged configuration initiated the project. Rogue bookended Bruce’s maritime life: as a schoolboy, his curiosity about (sledgehammer) attempts to give Rogue’s replacement cast-iron ballast a more hydrodynamic form led to a lifetime in marine architecture; Rogue’s return to the water earlier this year was the culmination of Bruce’s design, drawings and many other contributions (including observing the sledgehammer marks on the original ballast, and crafting beautifully turned samson posts and pin rail and a 1:15 model) over the years. A larger account of his history is on the RPNYC’s website. Rest in peace, Bruce.

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