A collection of Robb White's stories were published in June 2009. The book is titled Flotsam and Jetsam: The Collected Adventures, Opinions, and Wisdom from a Life Spent Messing About in Boats. You may order the book from Amazon.com here.
You may order Robb White's earlier book How to Build a Tin Canoe here.
A writer and boat-builder in Thomasville, Georgia,
and Dog Island, Florida, Robb White died May 16, 2006. He was
born June 4, 1941. He graduated from Thomasville High School
and served in the United States Navy from 1960-1963. He attended
Florida State University and graduated in biology from Valdosta
State College. He taught science in Jefferson County for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, his sons and daughters-in-law,
Wes and Erin White and Sam and Pam White, their children, Rosalie,
Will, Neil, Rebecca Jane, Claudia, and Allison, and his sisters
Barbara and June.
At Robb’s request, after cremation his
family will lay him to rest without ceremony. Memorial contributions
may be made to:
Birdsong Nature Center
2106 Meridian Rd
Thomasville, GA 31792
Dear web site visitor,
This is the official Robb White
website. The reason it is here is to straighten out confusion. There
are several Robb Whites but I am the one who writes boat stories
for various magazines and who wrote the book "How to Build a
Tin Canoe." I am not allowed to sell the book
because of some legal rigmarole but you can get it here.
I do not have any email capability
nor do I talk on the telephone. You can
write me a plain old letter at P.O. Box 561, Thomasville, GA
you search the online phone books, you might come up with a Robb
White in south Georgia but that is not me and that woman
is tired of having to drive to my shop to tell me that somebody
is desperately trying to get hold of me.
My father's name was Robb White and
there is a place to read and post chat about him at http://www.allreaders.com/Board.asp?BoardID=28520.
web page invites chat. This one does not.
As for the boatbuilding business, it is sort of winding down
after these 44 years. My oldest son (43) who is with me part
time is fixing to have to go to work full time at something that
actually pays a little money. My youngest son (42) has five children
and has been long gone (since '94) into remunerative work. I
will never quit building boats but I'll be damned if I'll build
any more upscale rowboats one after the other for money. I have
six grandchildren and they all apprenticed here when they were
too little to go to school. Because of their vast experience
and wise judgment, boats like the common, ordinary consumer crap
for sale these days will not interest them. They'll need good
boats. What I'll do is build prototypes of boats that I have
been figuring on for a long time and I may take the lines off
of some and draw a set of plans. No, I will not offer plans for
my Rescue Minor bastardization. You'll have to go to www.atkinboatplans.com and buy the plans for the real thing.
I am gone to the coast and I give
you joy of a similar adventure.