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Speedwell ship drawingThe Speedwell (Left) was a 60-ton pinnace that, along with Mayflower, transported the Pilgrims and was the smaller of the two ships. Later, it carried Thomas Thayer’s goods from England to Boston in 1637. Thomas THAYER, son of Richard THAYER, was christened 16 August 1596 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England and died 2 June 1665 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
C.A.Thayer Ship
The C.A. Thayer (Above Right) was built by Danish-born Hans Ditlev Bendixsen in his shipyard, located across the narrows of Humboldt Bay from the city of Eureka in Northern California. Bendixsen also built the Wawona (1897) which was dismantled in 2009. The C.A. Thayer was named for Clarence A. Thayer, a partner in the San Francisco-based E.K. Wood Lumber Company.
Click this link to view Harold Huycke’s 1957 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer in 6 parts. There’s over 3 hours of video! Description: Harold Huycke motion picture film of C.A. Thayer (built 1895; schooner, 3m) restoration. Reel 1: Hood Canal to Maritime Shipyard, Tugboat Titan and schooner C.A. Thayer. Reel 2: New stern, stepping masts, painting ship’s name, and Maritime Shipyard to Winslow. Reel 3: Winslow rigging to sea, sternwork, sailing return voyage to San Francisco. Reel 4: Deckhands at work and on rigging, sailing, lowering sails, arriving in San Francisco. Reel 5: Arrival in San Francisco assisted by tugboat “W 150”, visitors aboard and Harold Huycke. Reel 6: Drawbridge, Maritime Shipyard, deckhands at work
Captain Ottoman Friz’s 1958 motion picture film of C.A. Thayer
Captain Ed Shields motion picture films of the C.A. Thayer on her last codfishing voyage in 1950. 
Axel Widerstrom motion picture film of C.A. Thayer final voyage to San Francisco
Historic C.A. Thayer returns to home port after major restoration

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Al Morton
"SAD NEWS REPORT The Thayer Family and the Thayer Families Association has lost one of its most outstanding members. Albert Thayer Morton was born 1 September 1939 in Flint, Genesee, Michigan, the son of Harry Thayer Morton and Marjorie Anna Williams. He sadly passed away at age 77 on 17 December 2016 in Monroe county, NY after surgery. "Al" had been ill for the last several years. He was the grandson of Fannie Estelle Thayer (1879-1961) and Albert Edward Morton. He was my early correspondent from in 1990's and I had nominated him for a position in the TFA and he became Membership Chairman in 1995. He became president of the TFA in 1996, and held that position until 2000, when Ralph Clinton Thayer became president. Al then became president again in 2002. He retired in 2006 due to health issues. He was among my strongest supporters and had it not been for his efforts and encouragement, I doubt I could have progressed in my Thayer Family History and publishing endeavors without his help. Al helped tremendously in laying the groundwork for the wonderful association that we enjoy today. Al's lineage: Albert Thayer MORTON 11 (Harry Thayer MORTON 10, Fannie Estella 9, George Washington 8, Artemas 7, Asahel 6, Jonathan 5-4-3, Ferdinando 2, Thomas 1) THAYER On behalf of all the entire Thayer family, we owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude. We love you Al and will miss you. Until we meet again - Patricia"
Harvilin Asa Thayer 1925
Harvilin A. Thayer | NH United States | 1921-1940 | Comments: Note "Uncle harvey, 77 years old, smart as a cricket". Car License plate reads NH 81-069 1925 /// 1/6/2004 Patricia Thayer Muno Thayer Family Historian writes:Harvlin ASA THAYER was born 7 Sep 1848 in Kirby, Caledonia, VT, the son of Austin Ward THAYER and Susan HARTWELL. He died 20 Feb 1933 in Whitefield, Coos, NH
Curtis Ross Thayer
Curt was a long time member of TFA and served as Vice President, President & Treasurer among other positions on the Board. He and his wife Donna hosted the 2003 Annual Business Meeting and Family Reunion of the Thayer Families Association in Frankenmuth, Michigan. He got us out of the habit of thinking all TFA meetings had to be in Braintree and we had 122 attendees!