Alexander Watson is an entrepreneur, an adventurer, and author. He has salvaged his families from bankruptcy, renovated derelict rental properties into Class A apartments; and restored a vintage motor yacht to its factory-new shine. In 2008, he sold it all to pursue a chance at life on the river.
Alexander's grandparents are responsible for his writing ability and his wanderlust. His grandfather who, as pioneering air-conditioning engineer, tamed the summer heat from the Sonora, across the Caribbean, to the Negev and beyond; he journaled obsessively. His Nan sent postcards and letters. But to get, Watson had to reciprocate. He still sends cards & letters whenever away from home.
Watson’s book, River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America tells of the extraordinary people found only on our nation’s rivers.
Watson now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his partner and his dog, a black standard poodle named Kohl.
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The annual event--held in Alexandria Bay, New York; September 16-22, 2019--celebrates the preservation of pedigreed vessels for their significance to our nation's maritime history and boat building tradition.
Award of sponsorship to a book is unusual, but River Queens follows Harris & Watson on their epic journey across the heartland. Their vessel is a vintage 1955 Chris Craft motor yacht, forty-five feet long, named Betty Jane, currently at Washington Marine, Kellogg Avenue.
Inclusion by The Antique & Classic Boat Society identifies Cincinnati as the Ohio River's premier homeport, recognizing the Tri-State's unique ability to provide precise mastery in time-honored trades.
River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson (Orange Frazer Press: Wilmington, Ohio. October 2018). Hard cover. 320 pages. $27.95 available at Joseph-Beth/Rookwood, Café DeSales/EWH, and Amazon.com.
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