It's hard to define Tom Kastle in a single word or phrase.  He's a singer, songwriter, actor, tall ship captain, historian, and story teller, and we were treated to examples of almost all of his talents this week.  
 
He entertained us with sea shanties, and original songs, even getting us to sing along.  
 
He shared personal stories; his first ship  was the Charlotte Ann, a 1888 Chesapeake Bay Oyster boat schooner; he fell in love with tall ships and never looked back.
 
He told us that in the 1880's, Chicago was the fourth busiest sailing port in the world with 1800 sailing ships on the Great Lakes.  The Chicago River was a traffic nightmare with 35 pivot bridges and 1200 openings a day.  
 
For anyone interested in hearing more of Tom, check out the Chicago Maritime Festival which is taking place on April 16th at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  It's a full day of seminars, workshops, demonstrations and singing. www.chicagomaritimefestival.org