To the editor:

I had the opportunity to read a recent piece in your paper regarding the working waterfront, which contained information about my competitor, Brown Ship Chandlery. I wanted you to know that there is a second ship chandlery in Portland, which is our company, A.L. Griffin, Inc. We have just celebrated our 50th year in business this year. …We have developed this company into the largest dollar volume company in Maine that is strictly a ship chandlery, with no other side interests to distract us from our mission of servicing tankers, freighters, and cruise ships. Our reputation for getting the job done right the first time without excuses and apologies is well known. I trust that you will keep us in mind for future stories.

Mark Usinger, President
A.L. Griffin Ship Chandlery