On this Day (January 20) – Yachts and Yachtsman



By HERBERT E. CARSE (January 20, 1902)



George Rice, jr., and his brother, Hayes Rice, have just purchased the sloop Edna from Mr. Bonfilio. The Edna is a staunch craft and built by Carpenter & Cox in New York. She came to this coast with a good reputation as a racer, and is considered by the yachtsmen as a very desirable boat. She is 27 feet overall, 22 feet 3 inches on the water line, has 9-foot beam and carries 6000 pounds of iron on her keel. She will fly the flag of the South Coast Yacht club.

Repairs to the Elsie

The Czarina, designed and being built by her owner, Jaines Grunberg, at 409 South Los Angeles street, is nearly completed. This is another of the fin-keel  types, with long overhang fore and aft, and with a light draught of hull. She will be sloop-rigged, with a long bowsprit for a boat of her kind. It is Mr. Grunberg’s intention to use a one-half-inch steel plate for a fin, which will be bolted to the 6×6 keel by means of angle irons riveted to each side. The ballast of about 1000 pounds will be in ball form on the bottom of the fin. The boat was begun about five weeks ago and will be finished about April 15. The following are some of the dimensions: Length over all, 23′ feet 9 inches; waterline 16 feet 6 inches; greatest beam, 6 feet 6 inches; beam on water line, 6 feet; i overhang forward, 3 feet 6 inches; overhang aft. 3 feet 9 inches; freeboard forward. 26 inches; freeboard aft. 16 inches: draught to rabbet line, 12 inches; depth of fin, 5 feet; total draught, 6 feet; sail area, 450 square feet. The Czarina will be a member of the South Coast Yacht club fleet.

Vice Commodor* Pugh has ordered from Wilson & Silsby the new sails for the Kathrlna. They will no doubt be nearly perfection, as the material is the very finest yacht duck, and this firm cuts a sail with a bag that gives a perfect draft in light and medium breezes, although this bag is not so good in heavy wind.The sails will cost about $65, while Carpenter’s of Chicago, and Hoegee bid about one-half the amount on a cheaper, though good, grade of material.

The yachtsmen of the South Coast club have been building lockers about three feet square in their store house, doing the work themselves.

Yacht Notes

Duffy’s launch Elsie, which was crushed by the steamer Ruth, is nearly ready for water again. It will cost about $300 to put her in shape, and I understand that Duffy is to receive 30 damages.

The United States naval reserve launch has reached water again after having her engine for several months at the Baker Iron works undergoing repairs. It is an injury to the boat to have a house on her such as is being built although it will undoubtedly protect the machinery.

The J. C. Elliott, owned by William C. Snlith of 1514 West Seventeenth street, is being trimmed up for winter business at Long Beach and Terminal and is to be launched about January 20.

There has been much talk amongst the yachtsmen concerning the schooner Belle, which capsized with Harry Olsen. The builders, who have repaired and examined the boat, say she was a floating coffin with no underbody and no ballast, and was in every way accountable for the accident by reason of being absolutely unseaworthy. Olsen is fearless and some think reckless, and often carried a heavy deck load, a short time ago the Belle came so near capsizing that part of her deck load went overboard. A staunch small boat, well handled, will ride anything in open water, as has been forcibly Illustrated by Captain Sloeum. who went around the world alone In the Spray, a yawl not much larger than tha Bollu.


* Noteworthy

1567 – Battle of Rio de Janeiro: Portuguese forces under the command of Estácio de Sá definitively drive the French out of Rio de Janeiro.

1841 – Hong Kong Island is occupied by the British.

1887 – The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1937 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for their second terms as U.S. President and U.S. Vice President, the first occasion a Presidential Inauguration to take place on 20 January following the ratification of the 20th Amendment

1981 – Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, Iran releases 52 American hostages.


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