Friday, November 2, 2012

In the wake of Sandy

Stunning view of the Mantoloking Bridge with Beaton's Boatyard in the upper left quadrant.

Views of the devastation at Beaton's frontong on the river.

Sjogin as she was.

Tuckerton Seaport

Scenes of devastation at Morgan Marina on Raritan Bay in central NJ where Adam Turinas, a fellow blogger, keeps his boat. Apparently Adams boat was damaged but not irretrievable. More at Messing About in Sailboats

Well, quite a storm. This is not meant to be a comprehensive report, but a bit of local news. And a plea for some help. Both Beaton's and the Tuckerton Seaport are reporting heavy damage. Both, as of Thursday, are in need of generators, so if any of you can help with this, try and contact them. It may not be easy, I'll post both their websites which have contact info, but phone lines are likely still out, cell also, my best guess is to contact via Facebook, where the requests were made.
As far as I can gather, CBMM, ISM and Mystic are all relatively unscathed, as are most of the 'tall ships' in this area.
Alas not so for Russ Mannheimer's  Sjogin, a much adored double ender of Swedish design. She sank in the storm, moored at Beaton's. No word yet of her location or condition, though hopes of salvage are circulating on the Woodenboat Forum and FB. Time will tell. There a moment on this NBC clip where you can see Sjogin and Suzanne Beaton.
And finally, we must mark the sad passing of the HMS Bounty, crew member Claudene Christian, a descendent of Fletcher Christian, and Captain Robin Walbridge.

Originally posted by Thomas Armstrong on 70.8%

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Inaugaral Old City Seaport Festival at Independence Seaport Museum

There was a distinctly 19th C. feel to the Seaport as I entered and saw a forest of masts.

Inside the museum, the Sea Dogs were performing period music in period costume, very 18th C.

The Kalmar Nyckel distinctly brought home the 17th C. So here we have about 400 years of nautical history in front of us.

The Kalmar Nyckel brought the first Swedish settlers to the New World in 1638.

The replica, Delaware's tall ship, is as bright and ornate as the original would have been.

The folks aboard established the first permanent settlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden, at what is today Wilmington, DE.

I'd never been aboard her. She is aptly named.

She is the second ship bearing that name, the first was tragically lost in a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986.

Both ships were built as replicas of the Baltimore Clippers, which type helped win the war of 1812.

The Gazela Primiero, commonly called the Gazela, is Philadelphia's tall ship. Built in 1901 in Setubal,  Portugal for the Grand Banks fishery. Not a replica, she is the original article.

I have no information about this charming little runabout, not even sure she was part of the festival, but she had a beguiling 1950's look about her.

Tugboat Jupiter also in the care of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild (as is Gazela). Built in 1902 as a steam powered vessel, later converted to deisel, she worked in NY for Standard Oil. She came to Philly in 1999.

AJ Meerwald is New Jersey's tall ship.

Built in 1928, she's a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner. She worked into the late 1970's and after a brief retirement was given over to her current protectors, The Bayshore Discovery Project.

Gotta love it.

This sleek beast is the Summerwind.

She is now a training vessel for the Merchant Marine Academy. Built in 1929 in Thomaston ME for a wealthy industrialist who lost her due to the crash, she's had an interesting history. She serverd as an anti-submarine patrol off Montauk during WWII. Just look at that elegant boom.

She's immaculately maintained, this service being provided, in large part I was assured, by the first year gentlemen.

It wasn't all tall ships! Here's a glorious 'little' Herreshoff Meadowlark, replete with leeboards.

Quite a lineup, there's Summerwind, with Gazela just visible behind her, the Meadowlark, AJ Meerwald and the Kalmar and Pride. Wow.

The festival was capped off with a (mock) pirate battle late Sunday afternoon. Here we see the Kalmar, Pride and Meerwald, with the Pride of Baltimore evidently taking a shot at the Seaport!
the above photo courtesy ISM, credit Darrah Foster.
All other photos copyright Thomas Armstrong 

Indepedence Seaport Museum did something new this year. They rolled three different events from the past into one very rich weekend. The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Festival, the Pirate Battle and the Tall Ships weekend were all combined to produce the Old City Seaport Festival. I was unable to attend on Saturday, the nicer of the two days, weather wise, due to being out of town, but made it down on Sunday. The forecast was for rain, and as a result, some of the small boats that had been there Saturday didn't return. The rain held off, and though overcast and threatening, it was a very good day. Lots to see and do. The presence of so many tall ships was nearly overwhelming and represented a sizable chunk of American nautical history, spanning centuries. There was live period music and many craft vendors inside the museum.
This is now a paid event, and I initially felt the price was a bit high until I realized that it included entrance to the museum's collection, things for children, but most of all a chance for a tall ship sail! I'm sure this event will grow both in popularity and recognition, as it has so much to offer. Well done. My only regret is that, through my own ignorance, I missed the second floor balcony beer garden.

Originally posted by Thomas Armstrong on 70.8%

Saturday, October 13, 2012

30th Mid Atlantic Small Craft Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

A couple of looks at the waterfront and activity on the Miles River

Coming in from the race is James Miller in Fretless, a 26' Tancook Whaler built by Peter Van Dine in Qwings, MD, 1979.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Lourie

Pete at the dock taking care of the details

Here's Dark Star, a smart little round stern sharpie.

I just caught the owner as he was pulling out, said she was a 'Gardner' sharpie, no more info.

While the above two boats were new to me, this Welsford Navigator, Slip Jig, is a perennial visitor,owner built by Kevin Brennan

Just in from the race is another regular face at the MASCF, Andy Slavincus  and his Olin Stephans Blue Jay.

Tim Shaw added a sailing rig to his self designed and built outrigger canoe/proa Al Demany Chiman, and went to the races. Tim blogs about his boat activities @ Chineblog.



This marvel, and I am unsure of her name, was built by the Lavertue brothers,

 In Dan Sutherland's NY shop,

And fitted out with Bob Lavertue hardware. She took a spill in the race, but has recovered nicely.

Man and Baidarka become one.

Sultana Projects built this replica of the John Smith shallop a few years back.


She now resides at the CBMM.

The museum grounds have some terrific displays,

like these found in the appentice boatshop.

Bessie Lee is a seaside bateau,, from the Eastern Shore of VA. These boats worked both the bay and ocean sides of the penninsula. She has three mast steps, visible on the foredeck, to accommodate various conditions. Built c. 1820 by Hanson Downes, Capeville VA.

A big chunk of something destined to become part of a restoration, though I'm not sure which boat.

 Rosie Parks in her restoration shed.
The skipjack Rosie Parks was built in 1955 in Dorchester County by legendary boatbuilder Bronza Parks, for his brother, Captain Orville Parks, Sr. The sailing oyster dredging workboat was named after their mother. The skipjack is now under historic restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Keel detail


Her new deck is almost finished caulking.

Doesn't she look grand!

All photos copyright Thomas Armstrong except where noted
Another grand day in St. Michaels, MD. This festival never fails to please the small boat enthusiast. While it's not as broad in scope as Mystic, it's every bit as engaging and satisfying. That's a tall order. A little rain towards the end of the day dampened no ones spirits. It's a great museum doing really good work, and hosts a multitude of interesting weekends. Check it out if you aren't familiar with them. My day at the festival was followed by crabcakes, shrimp and drinks with my companions in charming St. Michaels.. Doesn't get any better.

Sincere thanks to John Ford and Tracey Munson for easing my way, and to all the participants in #30!

Originally posted by Thomas Armstrong on 70.8%