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Sea Call, Lines have been taken off her half hull at MIT. With other available information it may be possible to recreate plans for this magnificent schooner.  As of Sept. 9, 2013, Many of her original plans have been located.  As of Jan. 5, 2015, a reproduction of an additional painting of Sea Call has also been located.  As of August 4, 2015, the firm G.L. Watson is offering an opportunity to replicate this fine vessel.  Please refer to their web site for further information.   Please also see more recent developments, follow recent developments in the next column to the right.


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June 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

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Large Sailing Yachts Named Intrepid,1878-1930

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  • Intrepid, (1) 1878, 100′ (LOA  or LWL?) 2M. Sch.  Des. A. Cary Smith, Blt. C. & R. Poillon.
  • Intrepid, (2) Invincible, 1893, 163’6″ LOA, 3M. Sch. Des. J. Bevor Webb, Blt. Nefie & Levy.
  • Intrepid, (3) Uvira, 1903, 171’6″ LOA,  2M. Sch. Des. J. Bevor Webb, Blt. T. S. Marvel & Co.  Broken up 1937.  May have been the inspiration for Cressida.
  • Intrepid, (4) 1930, 205′ LOA, 3M. Bktn. Des. Arthur B. Raymond, Blt. Geo. Lawley & Son.
  • We have additional information on most of these vessels.  Most recent update April 17, 2015.

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May 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

2 U. K. built schooners, one for a French owner

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  • Etoile Filante1911, 122’6″ LOA.  Blt. White Bros.  For French Owner.
  • Elk, later Janeen, then Polynesia1928, (1), 130′ 7″ Des. G. L. Watson & Co. Ltd. (drawings by J. R. Barnett),  Blt. Scott Shipbuilding.  Orig. Gaff, later Staysail.  May have been impounded many years ago by Cuba, if so what is left of her may still be there.
  • We have additional information on these two vessels.
  • Updated  July 29, 2010.

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January 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Ketches and Yawls

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  • Black Swan, Orig. Brynhild, then Changrilla. 1899, 130′(?) LOA, (Length On Deck) Orig. Yawl, now Ketch. Des. Chas. Nicholson, Blt. Camper & Nicholson.   As of March 15,  2017, we have heard that she is sailing and again for sale.
  • Alisa, 1895, 130′ 6″  LOA, Yawl, Des. Fife.  She was the 8th boat to finish the Transatlantic Race in 1905.
  • Cariad Two boats of this name. The first of these two fine Ketches was built in 1896. 106′ LOA. Also sailed under the name Fidra. Des. Summer & Payne.  Has recently gone through a major rebuild.  The second boat has left less of a trail.  Probably Des. & Blt. by Summer & Payne in 1903. May have been 95′ LOA (or LWL.) The second boat was probably larger than the first.
  • Glory, 1901, 110′ (LWL?) Des. Arthur E. Payne.
  • Julnar, 1909, Ketch, Des. Wm.  Fife Jr.  Blt Summer & Payne.
  • Leander, 96′ ketch (yawl?). Blt. Summer & Payne ?  No details yet.
  • Sylvia, 1925, 121′ LOA, Ketch. Des. Chas. E. Nicholson Blt. Camper & Nicholson.  May have been C & N’s largest Ketch.
  • Xarifa, 1913,  134’0″LOA, Ketch. Des. Joseph M.  Sopher, Probably Blt. John S. White.
  • Latest update June 7, 2012.
  • We have additional information on some of these vessels.

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December 31, 2009 at 10:30 pm

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Known Best Candidates for “Restoration of the Century” (With Apologies to Lulworth)

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  • Argus, Polynesia, Argus; Near sister to Creole and Santa Maria Manuela, is in Portugal.  News wanted.
  • Hussar, Sea Cloud, Antarna, Patria, now Sea Cloud; 316′ LOA.  4 M Bark.  1931.  Des.  Cox & Stevens.  Blt. Krupp.  Now a cruise ship,  sailing the Med.  Summers, Carib.  Winters.  Will she again become a private yacht?
  • Hussar, Vema, now Mandalay; 202′ 6″ LOA.  Orig. 3 M Gaff  Sch. 1923. Des. Cox & Stevens.  Blt. Burmeister & Wain.   She was to undergo a major refit for service in the Galapagos Islands, but did not do so. Instead she was purchased by a company with offices in Miami, Fl. She is again sailing in the Carib.
  • Cressida, Pioneer, now Yankee Clipper; 172′ LOA.  Orig. 2 M Sq Foretopsail Sch.  Des. Cox & Stevens.  Built Friedr. Krupp Germaniawerft A G.,  Kiel, Germany 1927.  Was broken up in Trinidad, Jan. 2017.  As of Nov. 4, 2011 there was intense interest. As of April 23, 2013, The earlier party decided not to proceed. A new potential buyer was in the picture.   We have received interesting materials from the 1920’s and 30’s about this fine vessel.  I have received documentation information on her from the United States Coast Guard.  While some of her original papers are missing, I was provided with materials allowing me to proceed, this is written June 9, 2011.    1) Following construction she was brought to the United States.  2) 1928, issued Official Number 227397, Owner, Herman Oelrichs, Address 578 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y.  3) 1930, Ownership transferred to Albert E. Pierce, Home Port New York N. Y.  4) 1931, Mr. Pierce is shown as living in Chicago, Ill.  5) 1932, Ownership transferred to Pierce Investment Co. (Del.) Home Port New York, N. Y., Address 224 South Michigan Ave. , Chicago, Ill.  6) 1938, Name changed to Crimper, Ownership transferrerd to George Vanderbilt.  7) 1939, Name changed to Pioneer.  Still under Mr. Vanderbilt’s ownership.  8) 1943, 1945, 1962, Same.  9) 1963, Removed from Documentation, Motorboat No. Awarded, sold by the Executors of the Estate of George Vanderbilt to the Leeward Trading Company, 19601 N. W. Eighth Ave.  Miami,  Florida  July 25, 1962.  10) Registered with the State of Florida, Awarded Florida No.  FL 9817E on Aug. 24 1962.  11) The records show an alternate address for her new owners, C/O Bank of Nova Scotia, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.  A letter from the Commandant’s Office, Eleventh Naval District, San Diego, California dated March 2, 1943 confirms that Pioneer was taken over by the U. S. Navy on 27 July, 1942 on one dollar per year charter for the duration of the war.  From other sources we know that she was conveyed back to Mr. Vanderbilt by the Navy after the conclusion of the war.
  • Santa Maria Manuela; 189′ 7″ LOA.  4M Gaff Sch. Blt.  Campania Uniao Fabrilo.   Definitely not a yacht.   Her extensive rebuild is complete and she is now sailing.  She is again a vessel of great strength and beauty.
  • Sunbeam, Flying Clipper,Eugene Eugenidies; Has  been laid up in Greece.  We have heard that the Greek navy may take her over for use as a sail training ship.  New news wanted.
  • We have additional information on each of these vessels.  Are there other candidates out there that we don’t know?  We would like to hear from you.

Last Updated Jan. 7, 2017

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November 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm

4 Yachts Named XARIFA

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The First Xarifa. First photo, source unknown. Second photo, Cowes Maritime Museum. Please contact them if you wish to use this photo.

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First Xarifa, during wartime sevice WWI. Source unkown.


  • Xarifa, Ophelie, Halcyon II; 1894, 192′ Des. & Blt. John H. White, Cowes.  Composit Steam Aux. Bgtn.  Bought in Britain by U. S. Gov’t during WWI.  Owned in U. S. after.  Was tender to Vanitie.
  • Xarfia; 1912, Gaff Ketch.  LOA 134′ 0′.  Des.  Joseph M. Sopher.  Probably Blt. John S. White.  Once did 14 knots for six consecutive hours.
  • Xarifa; 1927, 141′  spoon bow 3M Gaff fore & Main Marconi Mizzen Sch.  Des.  Joseph M. Sopher  Probably Blt. John S. White.  Between 1951 & 1960 used as a research vessel by Hans Hass.   Now Marconi on all masts.   Has found a new owner, a Panamanian charter company owned by a gentleman from Spain.  Currently undergoing a major refit in the same Spanish yard that built the replica of the schooner yacht Elena and performed the final outfitting of the cod fishing schooner Santa Maria Manuela.   This fine vessel is sailing again under an enlarged rig.  From information  we have seen in the press she looks great!
  • Xarifa, S. S. Caymania; 1930, 204′ spoon bow steam yacht, no sail.  Des. Joseph M. Sopher, Blt. John S. White.
  • We hope we have gotten the thread of things right with these four fine yachts.  There may have been a fifth one, a large schooner, also a Sopher design Blt. 1900 or 1901 for Franklin Singer by Camper and Nicholson.
  • We have additional information on some of the vessels named Xarifa. 
  • Latest update Jan. 7, 2017

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November 13, 2009 at 4:13 am

11 Large Square Rigged Yachts, 1889-1931

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  • Aloha; (1) 160′. Brigantine.  1899. Des. Clinton Crane.  Blt. J. N. Robins
  • Aloha; (2) 218′. 3M Bark.  1910.  Des. Clinton Crane.  Blt. Fore River Shipbuilding Corp.  Broken up 1937/1938.
  • Apache; Originally built as White Heather, 198′ LOA. 3M Bark. 1890. Des. &  Blt. J. Reid & Co.  Finished Last in the Trans -Atlantic Race of 1905.
  • Illyria, Malaina; 147′. Brigantine. 1928. Des. Gielow.  Blt. Marco Martinolich.  Wrecked 1950’s Cape Verde Islands.
  • Intrepid, Sylph; 205′. 3M Barkentine. 1930. Des. Arthur B. Raymond.  Blt. Geo. Lawley & Son.  Became Sylph in U. S. Navy during WWII.
  • Hussar, Sea Cloud, Antarna, Patria, Sea Cloud; 316′. 4M Bark.  1931.  Des. Cox & Stevens. Blt. Krupp.  Now a cruise ship, sailing on the Med. Summers, Carib. Winters.  Will she become a private yacht again?
  • La Cigale; 122′. 3M Sq Foretop  Sch (4 Yards). 1915 (or previously) Des. Chas. E. Nicholson  Blt. Camper & Nicholson.  There may have been more than one large yacht of this name, and they may have had other names.
  • Modwena; 135′ 6′. 3M Bark.  1908. Des. &  Blt. J. Reid.  Commercial after WWI.
  • Seven Seas; 168′. 3M Full Rigged Ship. 1912. Des. & Blt. M. V. Atkieb.  Built as the Swedish Training Ship Abraham Rydberg.  Converted to yacht 1929.
  • Valhalla; 245′. 3M. Full Rigged Ship.   Des. W. C. Storey. Blt.  Ramage & Ferguson.  Finished third in the Trans-Atlantic Race of 1905.  Some think she was one of the most beautiful very large yachts ever built.  Became commercial, lost 1922.
  • Xarifa; 192′.  Steam Aux. Brigantine.  1894.  Des. & Blt. John H. White.  Bought in Britain by U. S. govt. during WWI.  Owned in U. S. after.  Was tender to Vanitie.
  • Bacchante, spelling? & St. George; Reportedly these were large square rigged British yachts.  We would love to have details.
  • Last edited May 16, 2012.
  • We have additional information on most of these vessels.

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October 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm