“It was fantastic, to wrap it up in one word,” Chris Lewis said of his four-year around-the-world sail with his parents, Neville and Louise Lewis. Neville is originally from Philadelphia, and came to Cushing in 1986 with Louise. Chris said his parents gave him a choice, either to go to boarding school or to travel the world with them, and the choice was obvious. The trio set sail in late 1974 for a planned three-year trip that turned into almost four.

Neville and Louise have five children, but by the time they were getting ready to sail around the world, the only child who wasn’t an adult was Chris.

Barely having the financial means to complete this trip, they decided to have a new boat built for the journey. Neville started to design the boat, and talked with the owner of the Dickerson boatyard at the time and naval architect Ernie Tucker. The model they used was only produced about 20 more times by the Dickerson boatyard.

The Southern Cross is a ketch-rigged (double-masted) 41-foot Dickerson that was built in Maryland and had first sea trial in early 1974.

Chris said there was some debate about whose idea the round-the-world sail was, but he believes it was mostly his mother's idea.

Forty-four years after the Southern Cross docked and the end of its sail around the world, it’s Neville’s 90th birthday, as well as Neville and Louise’s 70th wedding anniversary. These two events brought the entire Lewis family up to Rockland harbor for the week for a double celebration.

The boat was bought by D and Don Wogaman after its trip around the world, and underwent an extensive remodeling process during their 33 years of cruising, while still keeping the original integrity of the boat intact, since it is the last wooden boat made by Dickerson boatyard. D and Don brought the boat into Rockland harbor for this special occasion, so the family could spend time on it, recount old memories, and celebrate Neville’s birthday and his and Louise's anniversary.

D and Don themselves also sail to faraway places, but haven’t made the around- the-world trip that the Lewises did.

The Southern Cross has traveled thousands of miles under two different families, and brought these two families together for a weeklong summer celebration of sailing, family and travel.