Sea History 005 - Autumn 1976

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Historic Ships Preserved in the U.S.A. and Canada by Norman J. Brouwer

Ship Historian South Street Seaport Museum NOTE: This list embraces what we hold of our heritage in ships-121 in the United States, 15 in Canada. It is comprehensive, within the limits of its de:: sign and unavoidable error. It is an uncritical register, with addresses supplied where possible as a guide to further information . The list includes all kinds of vessels, from World War II patrol craft to schooners cruising with passengers, but certain critical limits had to be drawn. Replicas, however worthy, are not covered. The sail training ship Eagle, based at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, is not included, nor is the schooner yacht Brilliant, which trains youth in sail/or nearby Mystic Seaport. The Eagle may be found in Norman Brouwer's "Squarerigged Sailing Craft in ExistenceSchool Ships" (SH No. 2, p. JO. These square rigger lists are completed, with addenda, in SH No. 3). Brilliant awaits an historic yachts list. Uncounted small craft preserved ashore are not listed, but the little Modesty at Sayville, Long Island, is listed: she is afloat, rigged, complete. Fragments of ships, like the keel of the whaling ship Thames at Mystic, or the more complete skeleton of the National Society bark Kaiulani now in Seattle, are not listed: only whole ships are. Most vessels are museum-owned and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The list is worth poring over. the major ship centers leap to the eye: Mystic, in Connecticut, South Street in New York, and the ships in San Francisco which are now to be brought together in a new National Maritime Museum. Philadelphia's impressive fleet suffers from divided ownership, though most are now being brought together physically at Penn's Landing. The list is subject to change for good and for ill. A virtual seaport museum fleet exists in Wilmington, North Carolina; the sponsoring organization has no name as yet. The sloop Great Republic is being rebuilt in Gloucester; the paddlewheeler Alexander Hamilton is on the beach at Jersey Highlands and will certainly be lost without speedy action (see "Ship Notes"). It is hoped that 1977 will see two highly significant additions to the list, brought in from overseas: the bark Elissa from Greece (SH No. 4, p. 30), the Effie M. Morrissey from the Cape Verde Islands ("Ship Notes, " this issue). Others are yet to be discovered and identified in our own waters.-ED.


ALABAMA U.S.S. Alabama-Battleship; built at Norfolk, Va. in 1942. USS Alabama Battleship Commission, P.O. Box 65 , Mobile, Ala. 36601 U.S.S. Drum-Submarine; built at Portsmouth, N.H . in 1941. Address same as above. ALASKA Nenana-Sternwheel River towboat; built at Nenana, Alaska in 1922. Nenana, Alaska 99760 CALIFORNIA Queen Mary-Passenger liner; built at Clydebank, Scotland in 1934. California Museum of the Sea Foundation, P .O. Box 20890, Long Beach, Calif. 90801 San Diego Berkeley-Bay ferryboat; built at San Francisco , Calif. in 1898 . Maritime Museum Association of San Diego, 1306 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, Calif. 92101 Medea-Steam yacht; built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1904. Address same as above. Star of India-Bark ; built Douglas, Isle of Man in 1863. Address as above. San Francisco Balclutha-Full-rigged ship; built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1886. San Francisco Maritime Museum, Foot of Polk Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94109 Eppleton Ha//-Sidewheel tug; built at South South Shields, England in 1914. Not open for boarding. Address as above. U.S.S. Pampanito-Submarine; built at Portsmouth, N.H. in 1943 . Not open for boarding. Address as above. Alma-Bay scow schooner; built at Hunter's Point, Calif. in 1891. San Francisco Maritime Historic State Park, 2905 Hyde Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94109. Not open for boarding. C. A. Thayer-Three-masted schooner; built at Fairhaven, Calif. in 1895. Address as above. Eureka-Bay ferryboat; built at Tiburon, Calif. in 1890. Address as above. Hercules-Tugboat; built at Camden, N .J. in 1907. Not open for boarding. Address as above. Wapama-Steam schooner; built at St. Helen's, Oregon in 1915. Address as above. CONNECTICUT Mystic Seaport Charles W. Morgan-Whaling ship; built at New Bedford, Mass. in 1841. Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Conn. 06355 Emma C. Berry-Sloop fishing smack; built at Noank, Conn. in 1866 Joseph Conrad-Ship-rigged schoolship; built at Copenhagen, Denmark in 1882. L. A. Dunton-fishing schooner; built at Essex, Mass. in 1921. Sabino-Coastal passenger steamboat; built at East Boothbay, Maine in 1908.

DELAWARE Overfa//s-Lightship; built at Bath, Maine in 1938 . Lewes Historical Society, W. 3rd Street, Lewes, Del. 19958 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Chesapeake-Lightship; built at Charleston, S.C. in 1930. Lightship Chesapeake, 1200 Ohio Drive, S. W . , Washington, D .C. 20242 Philadelphia-Gunboat; built at Skenesborough, N.Y. in 1776. National Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560 FLORIDA Carrie B. Welles-Fishing schooner; built at Pensacola, Fla . in 1929. Spongerama, Tarpon Springs, Fla. Virginia-Fishing schooner; built at Essex, Mass. in 1910. Historic Pensacola Preservation Board, 200 E. Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, Fla. 32501 HAWAII U.S.S. Bow.fin-Submarine; built at Portsmouth, N.H. in 1942. Pearl Harbor, Oahu Falls of Clyde-Four-masted ship; built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1878. The Falls of Clyde, Pier 5, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819 IDAHO Jean-Sternwheel river towboat; built at Portland, Oregon in 1938. Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho ILLINOIS U.S.S. Silversides-Submarine; built at Vallejo, Calif. in 1941. Chicago, Ill. U-505-Submarine; built at Hamburg, Germany in 1941. Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60637 IOWA George M. Verity-Sternwheel river towboat; built at Dubuque, Iowa in 1927. Keokuk River Commission, 226 High Street, Keokuk, Iowa 52632 Rhododendron-Sternwheel river towboat; built at Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1936. Clinton, Iowa KENTUCKY Belle of Louisvil/e-Sternwheel passenger steamboat; built at Pittsburg, Pa. in 1914. Active excursion vessel. Steamer Belle of Louisville, Foot of Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40202 MAINE Seguin-Tugboat; built at bath, Maine in 1884. Undergoing restoration. Bath Marine Museum, 963 Washington Street, Bath, Maine04530 Sherman Zwicker-Fishing Schooner; built at Lunenberg, Nova Scotia in 1941. Grand Banks Schooner Museum, 100 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 Victory Chimes-three-masted schooner; built at Bethel, Del. in 1900. Rockland, Maine. Active cruise ship, summer months.

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