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    Gene Willard and a crew member prepare to untie the Joseph S. Kennedy, a retired UB85 Navy boat, from its berth in Portland for a trip out to Great Diamond Island. Willard and his partners bought the retired Navy utility boat previously attached to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which will bring guests to the soon-to-open Inn at Diamond Cove.

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    Willard pilots the Joseph S. Kennedy, a retired UB85 Navy boat, through Casco Bay, At right is Willard's daugther Meredith Willard.

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    A lifesaving ring aboard the Joseph S. Kennedy, a UB85 Navy boat, is marked with the name of the boat and UB85.

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    Seen through a rear window of the Joseph S. Kennedy, the Maquoit II passes through the wake of the UB85 boat as it motors through Casco Bay.

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    Willard pilots his UB85 boat through Casco Bay.

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    Andy Gildart ties up the Joseph S. Kennedy while Nicole Frantz, left, and her mother Cathleen Hart-Frantz explore the bow of the boat.

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    Willard stands on the bow of the Joseph S. Kennedy, a retired UB85 Navy utility boat, while it is docked at Diamond Cove at Great Diamond Island.

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    Work is continuing on the Inn at Diamond Cove, which is scheduled to open in mid-July. The Joseph S. Kennedy will bring guests and staff to the inn when it opens.

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    One of the finished hotel rooms at the Inn at Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island. The inn is scheduled to open in mid-July.

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