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When not yarn-spinning, salty William McFee writes a weekly column in the New York Sun on shipping, does considerable puttering around his Westport, Conn, home. Last week publishers Doubleday, Doran & Co., launching Author McFee's Derelicts, called attention to one of his neatest puttering jobs, a 30-in. scale model of a lifeboat propelled not by oars, but by a propeller turned by hand levers like those on an Irish Mail scooter.

Finding interviewers more disposed to talk of lifeboats than of books, he spun the yarn behind his whittled model. Invented 20 years...

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