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The Author

The idea for writing a book about Ghost, a wooden Catboat, came from William (Bill) Fortenbaugh, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Rutgers University, whose professional career focused on Aristotle and his School. Also an avid sailor beginning at the age of eight, Bill raced many types of boats including the Barnegat Bay A Cat. In retirement he came to recognize the unique value of the A Cat and of David Beaton and Sons, where Ghost was built. The resulting book is a collaborative effort, to which the builders at Beaton’s, the crew of Ghost, photographers and friends all contributed.