And a Wheeler too! Yes,
this newsletter helped save the 1906, 42 ft. Skipjack that was left
abandoned to rot and ruin at the former Brooklyn Navy Yard. What
is left of this once proud working boat was barged to Cape Charles,
VA this past fall. She was so bad that the Chesapeake Bay Maritime
Museum, who is trying to save some of the old Skipjacks, didn’t
even want this one.
a group of people from the Eastern Shore Historical Society of VA
did! In particular was Frank Young, a 74-year old Board Member who
went to see her several times to negotiate her move. Various companies
donated equipment and manpower for the 300 mile voyage. She is considered
too far gone to restore so she will be stabilized and put on exhibit
as an example of one of the last Skipjacks of her kind. A true vanishing
And, we saved the abandoned
1940’s 38ft. Wheeler boat that was tied to the dock while
the owner walked away one day. I went to see her in September and
went aboard. She was full of debris which was later cleaned up.
I found her mostly original with lots of interior wood and some
unique built-ins, such as an Art Deco radio and a semi-circle seat.
The yard manager told
me that when they start to haul for winter storage she would be
destroyed. So I asked for a chance to try to save her. I mailed
a separate flyer, plus listed her in the Fall issue. The yard manager
couldn’t believe the number of calls received for the boat!
Finally, a new owner was found, and she is now on the lower west
side of New York City. I have received news now and then on her
from the Winter 2005 letter to subscribers:
Now on to the BIG news.
I received a call from Carter Craft (how many people have nautical
surnames?) of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance of New York,
saying that the derelict, 1906, 58ft Skipjack that was left to die
in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and was listed in the Winter 2004 ‘Preview
Page’, has been saved. This bag of bones was barged to VA
by the Eastern Virginia Historical Society. Even the Chesapeake
Bay Maritime Museum, who likes to restore old Skipjacks, didn’t
want this one. But this is important because there are very few
Skipjacks that still survive. They are an endangered species. Then
we saved the abandoned, 1940’s, 38ft Wheeler that was listed
in the Fall issue for FREE. The shipyard manager was surprised at
how many calls he received….so we know this is working!
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