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SOUL OF A WORKBOAT

“Welcome,” Rodger Morris says as he waves me aboard the Cape Ross. We are on Seattle’s Duwamish River, and he is precisely the type of man who dominated the city and its environs before Big Tech moved in.

A professional woodworker, captain and marine surveyor, Morris has already lived a career as a shipwright, and another as a commercial fisherman in Southeastern Alaska. His demeanor is tranquil, and his vaguely wizardly mane of silver hair, along with his calm baritone voice, make him seem fit to read poetry on National Public Radio.

He’s the kind of

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