Sea History 120 - Autumn 2007

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known wreck of a side-wheeler in Lake Erie. The 156-ft. vessel, built in 1837 and rebuilt in 1849, was bound for C leveland from Sandusky during the early hours of 27 April 1850 when its boilers exploded, killing approximately 38 passengers and crew. The ship sank in 50 feet of water, approximately 8 miles north of Vermilion . (GLHS, Inland Seas Maritim e Museum, 480 Main St. , Vermilion, OH 44089; Ph. 440 967-3467; www.inlandseas.o rg) TV couch potatoes and spectators at this summer's Tall Ships Challenge events along the east coast will have noticed a new paint scheme on the salty barque Picton Castle. Last spring, the ship was

commandeered by C BS and TV reali ry show producer Mark Burnett to film "Pirate Master." The ship's crew did not repel boarders in the Caribbean as they sailed her aro und the tropical sea with 16 modern-day "pirates" for 33 days in search of hidden treas ure val ued at $ 1 milli o n. The

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Barque Picton Castle underway in the Taff Ships Rhode Island parade ofsail in July. costume director outfitted the ship with som e special effects paint on deck and on her topsides and mounted a large grueso me fi gurehead und er her head ri g. Com e

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Great maritime history books from Washington State Universiry Press. Shop online at or call 800-354-7360 fo r free catalog. BOOKS: It Didn't Happen on My W'atch and Scuttlebutt by George E. Mu rphy. Memoirs of forty-three yea rs with United States Lines aboard cargo and passenger ships. Anecdotes of captains, chief engineers, crew members and the com pany office. Web site: www.gem; e-mail : gem urphy@carrol l. com. FREIGHTERCRUISES.COM . Mail ships, containerships, trampers . . . Find the ship and voyage that's perfect for yo u. Ph. 1-800-99Maris. Model Restoration I Construction, Captain Norman Smith, Great Island Model Shipyard, 106 Lombos Hole Rd., Harpswell, ME 04079; Ph . 207-833-6670; e-mail: 1812 Privateer FAME of Salem, MA Sails Daily May - October. Ph. 978-729-7600; www. EXPERIENCED MODEL BUILDER. Ray Guinta, PO Box 74, Leonia, NJ 07605; www. Art Prints. NYC Fireboats 16" x 20," $ 18 each. Also available fo r co mmissioned wo rk. Call Steve White, Phone: 718-317-5025; e-mail : ATOMIC 4 parts, carburetors, Oberdorfer pumps, Featherm an Enterprises, www.feath er manenterprises .com, or Phone: 717-432-9203. Ship and boat portraits custom carved by hand. Lou Carreras, woodcarver. Phone 978-466-8631, e-mail : Web: http://web. m/loucarreras.



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