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Old Feb 28, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Great old wooden yachts/WWI patrol craft


For those of you that like old wooden yachts, I found that many of them were used by the US navy in WWI for patrol duties. Check out Wikipedia for more photos and info, here's a couple pictures of Yachts built by the New York Yacht,Launch and Engine Co. that I had not seen before.
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 09:57 AM
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Here's a couple more. As I read thru the info on these yachts, it becomes clear that there where many, many companies making beautiful yachts in and around New York City. What fun it would be if we could travel back in time and spend a sunny afternoon, somewhere on a waterfront, watching all these beauties in there heyday.
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 10:57 AM
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Tim, I like your brand of nostalgia---.

These old yachts make some fine modeling subjects---.
Old Feb 28, 2012, 11:56 AM
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alot of them were given a coat of grey paint,hull number and an old 1 or 3pdr gun (if the deck stucture could handle it) by law if your yatch was US documented the government could press it into service...
Old Feb 29, 2012, 09:10 AM
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The writing on the picture in my first post is the amount of money that the government spent refurbishing the yacht before returning it to the owners. Man, Im as patriotic as the next guy, but I think I would shed a tear if the gov. took my yacht and made a patrol boat out of it, even worse if it was sunk.
Old Feb 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
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alot of them were given a coat of grey paint,hull number and an old 1 or 3pdr gun (if the deck stucture could handle it) by law if your yatch was US documented the government could press it into service...
Does that law still apply to modern day yacht owners? Not that I own a yacht, but I am curious.
Old Feb 29, 2012, 12:38 PM
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most likely still on the books, but use of would be very unlikely.. you do get a few perks today , mainly if you leave US waters and enter foreign ports..
Old Feb 29, 2012, 04:52 PM
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The writing on the picture in my first post is the amount of money that the government spent refurbishing the yacht before returning it to the owners. Man, Im as patriotic as the next guy, but I think I would shed a tear if the gov. took my yacht and made a patrol boat out of it, even worse if it was sunk.
This is a great thread!!! Some of the yachts were not returned to their owners in good shape!! More times than not they were pretty messed up if they weren't sitting on the bottom of the ocean. Many of those yachts were loaned to the gubment with beautiful intricate carvings and other possessions such as grand pianos & such & they were never seen again once they were returned...


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Old Feb 29, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Its hard to imagine in this age, the amount of hands on skilled time that was involved in building some of these yachts.
Old Feb 29, 2012, 11:27 PM
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Yachts, fishing boats, and various other water craft were drafted into government service in WWII as well. Lots of yachts and their owners joined the USCG Reserve (now the Auxiliary) during the war; some were given comissions in the Temporary Reserve (TR) - and were called the "Corsair Fleet". The novel ICE BROTHERS by USCG veteran Sloan Wilson, is a story about the former trawler ATLANTIC - renamed ARLUK in USCG service.

Some of the vessels used by the Corsair Fleet were:
GERTRUDE L. THEBAUD
Several menhaden fishing (bunker) boats: EM NORTHUMBERLAND; EM (WILLIAM S.) BRUSSTAR; EM POCHANTAS


Some were used for training Coasties or merchies:
Schooner ATLANTIC (1905 Kaiser's Cup winner) was used fo cadet training at the USCG Academy.
Tallship DANMARK was used for training at the USCG Academy between 1942 and 1945
JOSEPH CONRAD was used for traing between 1939 and 1942.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 07:25 PM
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Its hard to imagine in this age, the amount of hands on skilled time that was involved in building some of these yachts.
So very true. My daughter once asked me why I liked collecting antique 'junk' I pointed to a sofa with hand carved maple legs,armrests,back etc and said that it probably took a craftsman weeks to make that by hand, she was stunned. She could'nt imagine anyone working so long and hard on one couch....kids...
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CG Bob and others, good info. Rich thanks.
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So very true. My daughter once asked me why I liked collecting antique 'junk' I pointed to a sofa with hand carved maple legs,armrests,back etc and said that it probably took a craftsman weeks to make that by hand, she was stunned. She could'nt imagine anyone working so long and hard on one couch....kids...
Or made to last.


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