Tag Archives: Wooden boat

Could Famed Coast Guard Rescue Boat Be Shipped To D.C.?

A private chat between leaders of the Orleans Historical Society and author Casey Sherman this morning (Aug. 22) led to questions about the future of the iconic CG36500 lifeboat that rescued 32 sailors from the sinking tanker Pendleton in 1952. Sherman, author of “The Finest Hours,” said he participated in a conference call with OHS President Kathleen McNeil and two others and was asked to “leverage my relationship with the Coast Guard” regarding the potential for eventually moving the boat to Washington, D.C., for display. “The idea of shipping the boat to Washington where only Coast Guard people would see it does a disservice,” Sherman said. >click to read<10:36

Iconic Monterey boat the San Giovanni on dry land for some TLC

The last remaining large scale wooden fishing vessel in Monterey has been hauled out to dry dock for renovation. The San Giovanni has been at home port in Monterey harbor for almost 60s years and the boat has become a piece of history in the community. Until four years ago the crew was still taking the boat out on commercial fishing expeditions, making it the only wooden boat of it’s size still operating in Monterey. After the work is completed on the San Giovanni this spring her captain plans to put her back in action. >click to read<08:12

Huge wooden boat being built ‘old school’ on P.E.I.

Neil MacKay is building his largest wooden boat in his 32 years of making them; like most lobster boats in P.E.I. waters, Catcher is 45 feet long, but is four feet wider than the typical 14 feet. The 51-year-old has been building wooden boats in his shop in Murray Harbour for since 1986, starting right around the time the industry moved, en mass, to fibreglass vessels. Catcher ‘s owner Spencer Norton, 28, lives in nearby Alliston and designed the boat with MacKay. Norton even cut some of the wood himself, with his father-in-law.,, >click to read<09:26

Time passes but the Otter remains the same

Walt Fossek is 88 years young, and his boat, the Otter, is 104 years old. Both wear their age well. Fossek is active, mentally sharp and a great storyteller and the Otter draws daily interest from tourists who wander around the marina, wondering at the elegant lines and excellent condition of the old wooden boat. If these visitors are lucky, Fossek will be on board and in a story mood, sharing tales from his 50 years as the owner and operator of the well-maintained antique vessel. Fossek celebrated his birthday last month by doing one of his favorite things in life — working on his boat. click here to read the story 14:46

If hulls could talk: A summer of stories from the Ilwaco Boatyard

Earl Soule, 71, considers “re-corking,” or recaulking, a boat a lost art that requires a special touch. “The strength of a wooden boat is the seams,” Soule said. “Everybody thinks it’s the frame, but it’s the caulking. Caulking makes the whole boat tight.” Much of Soule’s work is done by sound and touch, a rare skill he’s cultivated over decades of working on wooden boats. “It’s all by feel,” Soule said in between swings of his mallet. “I can tell what it’s doing all the time because I can feel it.” Soule was helping Florian Mumford replace 12 ribs underneath the planks of Mumford’s 1953 wooden boat, ahead of the black cod season. He said he relies on the boatyard for haul out and repairs at least twice a year. photo’s, click here to read the story 09:08

The Closeteer: Launch in Newbury honors a worthy craft

Six-year-old Coral Withe leaning against Centennial II on the Fourth of July said, “This is beautiful.” Assembled family and friends, gathered for the launching of builder Dan Noyes’ copy of a famous sailing dory, agreed. Last year, Dan and the old Closeteer visited the first Centennial at Cape Ann’s lovely museum near City Hall in Gloucester. In 1776, patriotic fisherman Alfred Johnson built and then sailed her across the Atlantic to the country we had broken away from a century before. Dan carefully took the measurements off Johnson’s still intact 20-foot dory while the Closeteer roamed the museum, admiring other boats and fishing schooner models of note, and especially Fitz Henry Lane’s well-known paintings of Gloucester harbor in the days of sail. A year passed as Dan’s new Centennial II, still not yet named, took shape in his small boat shop. Finally, almost finished, she was launched at high tide the morning of July 4, 2017, 241 years after our nation’s independence had been so bravely declared. click here to read the story 09:13

Lund boat a piece of history – Salvaged cedar from old logging bridge used to rebuild former fishing boat


Anyone who knows boats will tell you that you don’t buy a wooden boat, you marry one. Like any good relationship, it takes patience and attention, and you have to love the process of doing it, not just the end result. When it’s done right, you can see the love gone into it from a mile away. Take a walk on the Lund docks and spot the Lady Miriam and you’ll see what I mean. “I fell in love with that boat when I first moved to Lund,” said Steve Suche, who bought it in 1999 and spent the next five years tearing down and rebuilding it. “I like working on her almost more than I like taking her out,” said Suche. And it shows. Read the article here 12:40

CG36500 – Renovated rescue boat ready for the spotlight

Following an $18,000 renovation this fall at Chatham’s Pease Boatworks, the 36-foot wooden Coast Guard motor lifeboat is ready for the red carpet. The CG36500 is on the National Register of Historic Places, so stunt doubles were used in the new movie, “The Finest Hours,” which has its premiere tomorrow at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. While Andy Fitzgerald, the sole surviving crewman of what is hailed as the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history, and his wife, Gloria, are headed to that premiere, the real rescue boat that safely transported four Coast Guardsmen and 32 crewmen from a stricken tanker back from a hellish nor’easter will be on display at the Chatham Bars Inn Thursday night for a pre-release party. Read the article here 12:06

Fundraiser! Restoration of the F/V Easy Lady

The F/V Easy Lady has been a part of Shem Creek for decades. She is a wooden crab boat with lots of history.  She is the only remaining wooden crab boat in the Creek. Follow the story of the Easy Lady.  Be a part of the craftsmens hands as she  is returned to her beautiful scantlings by friends with genuine concern. Join the craftsmen, crew, and Captain in sending the Easy Lady back to Shem Creek as a powerful, working symbol of why the Creek should be preserved. The Easy Lady has a long  way to go.  With work already  in progress, and by working together, she will become the lady we all want her to be. Click here to donate F/V Easy Lady on face book 16:34