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Vessels; Fishing, Research,Religious and whaling

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Portuguese Fishing Vessels:

  • Argus, Polynesia, (2) Argus; 4M Gaff Sch. 188′ 11″ LOA (length on deck) Blt. 1937 De Haan and Oerlmans.  Bought back by the Portuguese Pascoal and Filhosa Fish Company.  They are also owners of the Santa Maria Manuela.  They plan to rebuild Argus once the Santa Maria Manuela is completed.  Argus arrived in Portugal on March 29, 2009.  Will require extensive work.  Current news wanted.
  • Creoula; 4M Gaff Sch. 189’6″ LOA Blt. 1937 Companhia Uniao Fabril converted to sail training for the Portuguese government. Active sistership to Santa Maria Manuela.   Recent news wanted.
  • Gazelia Primeiro, Gazelia of Philadelphia; 3M Barkentine. Blt. 1883 135′ LOA. One of the oldest active wooden vessels. Cruises the Chesapeake and east coast of the USA.
  • Santa Maria Manuela; 4 M Gaff Sch. 189’7″LOA. Blt.1937. Campanhia Uniao Fabril. Now sailing.
  • Hortense; 3M Gaff Sch. 170’LOA. Blt. 1929 M.Maria Monica. Reportedly sold to British interests some years ago. May have been heavily damaged in a fire and subsequently broken up.  Does she still exist?

Research Vessels:

  • Atlantis, El Austral Marconi Ketch Blt. (original) 1930 142′ 9″ LOA;  A new vessel very similar but not identical to the original to be named after Dr. Bernardo Hussay or Houssay, an Argentinian Nobel Prize winner, is under construction in Argentina. Many fittings from the original will be incorporated.  She is now sailing.   She may visit Woods Hole.

Research Vessels of Historic Interest:

  • Carnagie; 155′ 6″,1909. Wood, Non- Magnetic, Aux.  Brigantine  Des.  Henry J. Gielow.  Blt.  Tebo Yacht Basin,  for  Carnegie Institute.
  • Northern Light; 140′, 1927. Wood, 2M Sch. Des. Henry Grebe & Co.  W. F. Stone & Co.  For Mr. John Borden.  Used by him for at least one extensive arctic voyage.   Later she became a Boston pilot boat.  Was replaced in that service by the schooner Roseway in 1941, when Northern Light was taken over by the U. S. Navy.


  • Fukin Maru; 122′ 0″, 1913.  Hermaphrodite Brig. Des. Arthur Binney, for the Foreign  Baptist Mission Society.

Whaling: In addition to the Charles W. Morgan, of 1841, after undergoing a major rebuilding  sailed again on her 38th voyage, two other wooden whaling vessels may exist in probably salvageable condition.  the Ansel Gibbs of 1835, lies almost intact where she was holed by the ice on Oct 19, 1872 on Hudson’s Bay.  In 1973 an ultimately unsuccessful effort to raise her was approved by the Canadian government.  The Progress, ex Charles H. Phelps of 1842, either lies, largely stripped of useful items, (many now owned by a museum in Salem Mass.  but not on display) off Chicago on Lake Michigan, or was burned in Chicago in 1894 or 5.  Accounts differ.    Others sunk by ice in 1871 and at other times, may exist in arctic waters.

  • Last updated  April 13, 2017

Written by classicsailnews

September 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

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  1. Would like to know if you have any information about a ketch called the Black Swan. Built by the Wearne brothers around 1927. Any info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Rob Townend

    Rob Townend

    September 11, 2010 at 6:31 am

    • Dear Rob, The 1899 ketch is the only Black Swan we know. If you will provide us with every clue you have, we or one of our readers may be able to help you out. Has this Black Swan sailed under any other names? What is/was her LOA (length on deck) LWL? Etc. Who was her designer? Where is/was the Wearne Brothers yard located? Can you confirm her year of construction? Where was her original home port and subsequent ones you may be aware of? Names of her owners and any contact information for them? Any history you may know, such as races she may have entered or cruises she may have made? Was she ever written up in some publication? How and where was she documented or registered, and do you know any such numbers? Just for fun, why are you interested in this particular boat? Best Len


      September 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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