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Below Dover we were rolled out shortly before midnight to make fast the towboat and then take in all sail. Imagine how "killing" that is. Climb out of a warm bunk at midnight when energy is at low ebb and spend the whole mid-watch aloft, "rolling the cotton down" for the last time-bo! July 17, 1925, Friday-Up the Thames this forenoon and luckily the day was clear and warm. On the right bank stretched the tumbling suburbs and seaside resorts that always flank a huge metropolis. To the left rolled the green hills and hedge rows of conservative Kent. Passed the oil stores of Thameshaven about 10:00 A.M. and then anchored off Gravesend about 11:30 A.M. Typically characteristic of the Thames, the bulky, bluff-bowed sailing barges with their tarred sails. EDITOR'S NOTE: SKAREGROM was a steelhulled ship built by A. Rodger & Co. at Port

Glasgow, Scotland in 1903 as CASTLETON. She also sailed for a time under the name SV ALEN. Her length was 265 ft. and beam 40 ft., with a gross tonnage of 1976. In 1926, the year following Archie Horka's passage in her, SKAREGROM left Geelong, Australia for the English Channel on March 11th, arriving off the Lilzard on July 20th. Ordered to Antwerp to discharge, she then loaded lumber at Fredrikshald, Norway for Adelaide, Australia, sailing November 10th. On December 17th she was almost completely dismasted in a gale near the Island of Madeira. Towed into Ponta Delgada, Azores on Christmas Day, SKAREGROM was then taken to London to discharge her cargo and from there to Rotterdam to be scrapped. Captain Archie Horka retired in 1967 after spending 48 years at sea, and now lives in Fairlawn, New Jersey.

SKAREGROM DISMASTED

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Sea History 003 - July 1975  

5 Square-rigged Sailing Craft in Existence, Part II • 14 Skaregrom Log • 23 The CONSTELLATION and her Rebuilding • 29 Maritime Museum News •...

Sea History 003 - July 1975  

5 Square-rigged Sailing Craft in Existence, Part II • 14 Skaregrom Log • 23 The CONSTELLATION and her Rebuilding • 29 Maritime Museum News •...

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