Sea History 052 - Winter 1989-1990

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Sm P ETER ScoTT, CH, FRS, DSC 1909-1989 All World Ship Trust members are united in sorrow that our distinguished Vice President, Sir Peter Scott, died on the 29th of August, only two days before the party his friends were organizing to celebrate his eightieth birthday. A world renowned artist of wildlife, the first vice president of the World Wildlife Foundation (now World Wide Fund for .Wildlife) , and Patron of the Falkland Islands Foundation, he distinguished us by becoming a Vice President of the World Sh ip Trust. His lifetime friend, Sir David Attenborough, has aptly commented, "The world at large owes him a huge debt," adding his belief that in the years to come Sir Peter wi ll be seen as one of the great figures who warned the world of what was happening in the environment, and not only warned about it, but did something about it personally. We of the World Ship Trust would strongly endorse thi s view, and add a warm expression of gratitude and appreciation for all the splendid support that he so generous ly gave us. FRANK CARR, Chairman Emeritus World Ship Trust

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J EAN SCHOEN SMITH 1897-1989 Mrs. Smith died in June thi s year, aged 91. As a young stenographer in San Francisco, she took passage on the last voyage of the bark Bougainville, exH imalaya, from Vancouver to New Caledonia, in 1926. Other adventures took her to the West African coast on a steamer on which she helped quell a mutiny . Years later, she married the steamer 's first mate, who had never forgotten her. Her poetry and an occasional letter brightened the pages of Sea History, and her memoirs, Sins of Commission, privately printed, is available from NMHS, where we too, find it imposs ible to forget Jean-her enthusiasm for wolves and for sailing ships, her wit, her tough and resolute approach to adversity, and her wonderful feeling for all living things. Texaco Sponsors Quincentennial The Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission announced September 28 that Texaco Inc. is the foundi ng sponsor of the three-year celebration of Columbus's discovery of the New World. Texaco will be represented at major Quind!n'R\·nary events through 1993, principally through sponsorship

of the repli cas of Columbus 's ships presently being built in Spain. Texaco was on hand October 20 for the launching of the first completed replica, the Santa Maria. The caravel replicas will visit more tha n 50 ports in North America and the Caribbean between 1991 and 1993 , and will stop in Europe before the trans-Atlantic crossing. The ships will join the tall ships in Operation Sail on Ju ly4, 1992, and then travel to San Francisco on October 12, 1992, the 500th anniversary of Columbus' s landing in the Caribbean. (K. Peter Maneri, Texaco, 2000 Westchester Ave., White Plains NY 10650) Schooner Clyde A. Phillips John Gandy has a vision-a Delaware Bay oyster schooner once again sailing up the Bay. The Clyde A. Phillips is the embodiment of that dream. Built in Dorchester in 1928, she carries the message of the Clyde A. Phillips Project in the Delaware Bay and beyond. In the early 1900s, as many as seventy railroad cars, each loaded with oysters, would leave the Maurice River area daily. Each spring up to 500 licensed oyster schooners sailed up the Bay to collect seed oysters and bring them down to the lower Bay to plant on lots leased from the state. After spending two to three years feeding in these saltier waters, the oysters were ready to be harvested for market. The oyster industry was the mainstay of the area until MSX destroyed the oyster crop in the 1950s. John Gandy, Greg Honachefsky, and Meghan Wren of the Clyde Phillips Project bring a message of environmental concern and historical awareness to the Delaware Bay and beyond, but the Clyde needs restoration as we head into the winter months. The Clyde A. Phillips doesn 't aim to stop all the changes that come with time, but she can preserve the past and teach for the betterment of the future. (Clyde A. Phillips Project, Box 57, Dorchester NJ 08316; 609 785-2060) In Brief... In 1705 The Gentleman' s Dictionary noted: "Some ships have a wheel. .. ." Models tentatively dated around 1703 show wheels (two different kinds) on British warsh ips. Now DavidH. Roberts, in the English journal The Mariner's Mirror (Vol. 75, No. 3, pp272-3), gives interesting reasons to conclude that the wheel made its first appearance earlier SEA HISTORY 52, WINTER 1989-90

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