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November 15, 2011


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Charles A. Burroughs

Although my "old briefcase" is not a Tusting, for its time (c1956), it was very well constructed and gave me trusty service for at least 25 years before I replaced it with a more "modern" attache case, more fitting for my station in life at that time. I purchased it from an upscale luggage shop in Waterbury, CT, as I set out on my four to five years of college as an engineering student at UCONN, initially attending the Waterbury Branch for the first semester "over the mountain" from my hometown of Bristol. But then I found the commute to the Hartford Branch for the next three semesters to be a bit more agreeable.
The briefcase, with brass hardware and adorned with my initials "C.A.B" and four brass knobs on the bottom, stood up very well through all kinds of weather, from the tropics of Hawaii to an assignment in the Canadian Arctic one winter. I do recall, when assigned as commanding officer of the NOAA Ship FAIRWEATHER to Alaskan waters in 1974, that one of the leather side gussets began to wear thin. So I turned it over to the Bos'n aboard that ship to reinforce it with a combination of stitching and an epoxy of some kind (fibreglass?). That repair has held up to this day.

If you would like a few photos, I can send them.

Captain, NOAA (Ret.)

Steve Leveen

Dear Captain Burroughs,

What a great story of a prized case. Yes, please send the photos. I'd love to see them. You can send to our HQ at 420 S. Congress Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33445. All best, Steve

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