Category Archives: On this day

On this Day (April 12) – Reliance Was Launched

The beautiful behemoth Reliance handily defended the America's Cup in 1903, but she was so freakishly big the contest’s rules on design were changed after the race. The challenge for the America’s Cup that year was issued by British tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton. He had already challenged America twice since 1899 for the Cup, and he would challenge twice again until 1930. Lipton was a self-made millionaire who built a chain of grocery stores in Britain and invented the tea bag. He was a passionate yachtsman who hired Britain’s best yacht designers to build his challengers, all named Shamrock. The New York Yacht Club, defender of the Cup, enlisted America’s best yacht designer – and one of the most innovative in history. Nathaniel Greene Herreshoff, or Captain Nat, was born March 18, 1848 in Bristol, R.I. He and his brother J.B. founded the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and earned worldwide renown for their fast steam yachts, innovative torpedo boats and superbly...
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On this Day (April 5) – Steamer Newsboy Missing


Leaves San Pedro With Fifty-Twp People on Board, Is Overdue and Alarm Is Felt for Her Safety

  April 5, 1903 - The freight and passenger steamer Newsboy of the Merchants' Independent line, which left the East San Pedro wharf Wednesday evening for San Francisco, has not yet reached her destination, according to private advices received by the local representative of the company last night, and great concern is felt for the safety of the boat, her crew of twenty men and the thirty-two passengers who are on board. The fact that the steamer met with a rough passage on her last trip down lends to the supposition that she may have experienced similar weather on the return journey. It is known that the vessel met with an accident which injured her side, and it is said that the repairs were not finished when the boat set sail for the Bay City Wednesday. So much concern over the...
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On this Day (April 4) – Schooner Wawona Scuttled

On March 4, 2009, By Tom Brown - The lumber-carrying and cod-fishing schooner Wawona, her masts cut to stumps and name board askew on the crumbling stern, is towed from her longtime berth in Waterway 4 in South Lake Union to the Lake Union Drydock Company, where she will be further documented and dismantled. The ship's last voyage, at most a half-mile at the end of the tugboat Flyer's towline, is uneventful, but sad for the many people who have worked for 46 years to save the vessel. The Wawona's end came just a few months shy of its 112th birthday; the Wawona was launched in September 1897 at Bendixen's Shipyard in Fairhaven, California. The 165-foot vessel hauled lumber from Washington forests to California for 17 years, then was sold to Robinson Fisheries of Anacortes, Washington, which employed her as a mothership to a fleet of 18 dories in the Bering Sea cod fishery for three decades. In 1964, years...
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On this Day (April 3) – Five-Masted Schooner Inca

First Cargo of Sugar to Port Costa Refinery

On April 3, 1898, the Inca brougnt the first cargo, 31,763 bags of sugar, from Honolulu to the new sugar refinery at Port Costa, California. The barkentine Planter followed with a second sugar cargo from Honolulu shortly thereafter

Inca, was "the first true five-masted schooner built on the West Coast, she was 1,014 tons and 1600 M feet capacity, the second of her rig built on the Pacific, and was launched at Port Blakely by Hall Bros. in 1896 for their own account. On October 10, 1920, she left Eureka for Sydney with a, cargo of redwood lumber, and on December 7 was abandoned dismasted. Two of the crew volunteered to remain on board until a tow could be sent out for them. The master, his wife, and the other 10 of the crew were picked up by the steamship Cosmos, which found the Inca on December 16...
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On this Day (March 31) – Schooner Westward Launched

Westward was launched on March 31, 1910 as hull number 692 at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. She was built for millionaire yachtsman Alexander S. Cochran at a cost of $ 118,000. Westward was designed to the International Rule by N.G. Herreshoff to compete in Europe. Westward was the biggest boat built at the time by the Herreshoff yard in Bristol, Rhode Island. Under the command of skipper Charlie Barr, her first season proved very successful, winning every race in German waters, and eight of nine races in England. During World War I, Westward was seized by the British government, then later sold to South African businessman T.B. Davis, having enjoyed great racing success for 20 years in the Channel Islands. In accordance to his will, Mr. Davis’ daughter had Westward scuttled on July 14, 1947, in the Hurd Deep, off Jersey, the Channel Islands.    


Classic Yacht Registy of Heritage - Westward  

* Noteworthy

1492 –...
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