By Peter Andrews, © 1998.
From the bowsprit of the Bounty, mid South Pacific. A similar image taken by myself, was published in a sailing publication without consent. The image was taken with one of a number of other camera's I had taken out to the end of the bowsprit to capture this image. The bowsprit is considerably the worst place on the ship to fall overboard. Considering the bottom of the ship is relatively flat, a person falling from the bowsprit could be drawn along the length of the ship's keel and into the path of the rotating propellers. One person who was not prepared to take the risk, wrote a small article about the voyage and sent it along with the image I had taken with their camera, to a sailing magazine for publication. Considering the lack of consent or any acknowledgement for the image, I contacted the editor of the publication and successfully enforced copyright regulations to receive payment, accreditation and an apology, published within an editorial of a later issue."
Tall Ships: "A tall ship under sail is a glorious sight. The Irving B. Johnson, a brigantine owned by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and used for education of youth groups, was one of the ships we saw at Catalina Island. It and the identical Exy Johnson were built in 2003. They carry more sail than the Spirit of Dana Point, but the square-rigged sails are furled in this picture."
1897 Pacific Schooner
When she was built in 1897, the sailing schooner Wawona was the largest three-masted schooner built in North America. Today she is one of two survivors of the once immense commercial sailing fleet in the Pacific Northwest. Hundreds more large commercial sailing ships were built in other West Coast shipyards; they are now all gone. Only the C.A. Thayer in San Francisco and the Wawona remain. The Wawona became a National Historic Site in 1970, the first ship in the nation to be listed on the National Register.
Lumber hauler, cod fisher and military barge in WWII, her career has been long and varied. As a fishing schooner, her lifetime catch of 7.2 million cod far surpassed the career catch of any other Pacific schooner. During World War II the Wawona was drafted as a military barge , hauling military supplies to Alaska and returning to Washington with wood for the aircraft industry
Built at the end of the great age of sail, the Wawona stands as a living monument to the skilled craftsmen who built her, the industries that supported her, and the fortunate crewmen who sailed her.
Through these benefits and volunteer efforts, we hope to raise funds to continue her restoration. Equally important, we want to raise public awareness of this grand ship, the last part of our great maritime heritage that we can still see and touch. We would love to see Wawona as the centerpiece of a vibrant maritime park like Hyde St. Pier in San Francisco. Seattle needs Wawona, the last, best reminder of our maritime heritage. We want to see her here in Seattle so future generations can experience what it was like in the age of sail. There is no spark to fire a child's imagination like standing on the deck of a sailing ship, OUR sailing ship, Wawona.
The Explorer was always in need of repair - she was built in 1904 - a real sailing schooner hull. The restoration was "best effort" but never more than enough to sail to the next destination.
The Explorer Sailing Ship: An Adventure and a "Dream Come True.
dry-docking showed up the same way. Donors and contributors made the voyage down to Belize possible.
The figurehead were carved and donated to the ship.