The history of Tabor Boy, the 92-foot flagship of coeducational Tabor Academy, in Marion, Massachusetts, is that of a working vessel. Although she was designed and built in 1914 to support the commercial shipping trade, Tabor Boy's real calling turned out to be teaching young people about life and the sea.
Tabor Boy was built in Holland at Rykswerf Willemsoord, a former Dutch naval yard, and commissioned as Pilot Schooner No. 2 to engage in that service, likely at the Texel-Den Helder and IJmuiden pilot stations that serve the port of Amsterdam. Pilot Schooner No. 2's design and riveted-iron construction were the culmination of different styles of sail-powered Dutch pilot vessels that evolved through the 19th and early 20th centuries — most of them wood.