Bill Baldwin

The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society was officially formed on January 15, 2005, to provide a means through which individuals sharing a common interest in antique and classic boats can meet, share experiences and information, exchange ideas, and generate enthusiasm for all aspects of these unique boats.

Merl W. "Bill" Baldwin, Jr. a/k/a "The Helmsman" was the Founding President.  (June 6, 1935-October 14, 2015) Bill wrote science fiction--specifically militaristic space opera.  The Helmsman Saga (8 books) was his best-known work, hence his nickname.  Bill worked at NASA at Cape Canaveral supporting Project Mercury and later as a contractor for the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center.  He was also President of the Wooden Boat Association of North Texas and managing editor of The Brass Bell, the magazine of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. Bill is fondly remembered by early chapter members.

On March 21, 2019, the ACBS officially sanctioned the chapter's new name:  NC Coastal & Piedmont Chapter.  The new name better reflects the location of our chapter members.  Coastal counties are blue and Piedmont counties are yellow.

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