William Conklin, Oil on canvas, Gift of Estelle Potter and Mrs. A. Tuthill,

This centerboard schooner, built in 1882, was named for the wife of Captain William Potter and was jointly owned by members of the Potter and Latham families in Orient. Although the centerboard gave the vessel a shallow draft, the board’s casing took up valuable cargo space, leaked, and was difficult to maintain, causing this type of schooner to go out of favor.