It's a good tale, the rebirth of Merry Wing, a 1928 Duxbury Duck, designed by John Alden as a centerboard club racer and particularly suited for the shallow waters surrounding Plymouth and Duxbury, Massachusetts. She was built at Jones River Landing — which some contend is the oldest continuously operating boatyard in the country — by George Shiverick, a prodigious builder who opened a shop there in 1895 and built more than 200 vessels before he retired in 1940. Among his boats were 21 Duxbury Ducks, Merry Wing included. They were actively raced well into the 1930s, when so many might show up that multiple starting lines would be needed. Hurricane Carol, which hit hard in 1954, is blamed for the destruction of most of the fleet, but a few boats survived and are still sailed locally.