June 21, 2014 - Another very striking and impressive vessel that was cruising around the harbor on Sat during the Charles W Morgan celebration was the Cangarda - a 126’ luxury steam yacht, built in 1901 in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the last surviving luxury steam yacht in the US, and one of only three remaining in the world.
The Cangarda has quite a history. She has gone through 7 owners, a change of name then back to her original. In her early years she hosted princes, dukes and future kings, and other dignitaries. During WWII she was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel, and came back in bad condition. In1999 after a restoration project failed due to neglect and other reasons, she suffered a sinking of the gutted hull in Boston harbor. Fortunately, the original machinery and the beautiful Victorian woodwork and interiors had been dismantled prior to that, and stored. And then in 2007, there was a very scary, close to disastrous launch of the newly restored boat.
The Cangarda and many other sailing and motorized vessels accompanied the Charles W Morgan for all, or part of the way, on this leg of its historic 38the voayage from New Port, RI to Martha’s Vineyard.
For those interested, here is a link to a more detailed history of the Cangarda . Also, on that page is a video of that near disastrous launch in 2007.
June 21, 2014 - Little Vigilant out of South Dartmouth, MA - in Vineyard Haven harbor - sailing trawler built in 1950
On Sat I made a visit to the1841 whaling ship Charles W Morgan so I could get on board and look around. That day there were all kinds of boats of all sizes - sailboats, motor boats, canoes, kayaks, and row boats, including a few of the whale boats connected to the Morgan- circling around the harbor, midst periodic cannon fire, and boat horns in celebration of her 6-day stay here. And somehow the large ferries passing in and out of the harbor right through the midst of all of this.
One of the many interesting boats that I saw in the harbor from the deck of the Charles W Morgan was Little Vigilant. I did some searching around and found this info about her on her Facebook page:
“Little Vigilant was conceived by Drayton Cochran of Oyster Bay, NY in the late 1940’s, modeled after his original 110’ Vigilant built in 1930. Mr Cochran commissioned Walter McGinnis of Boston, MA to design a sailing trawler for summer use upon the European waterways. She was built and launched by Abeking & Rasmussen, Bremerhaven, Germany in 1950 and used by Mr Cochran extensively during the next ten years. She was sold in the early ’60s to a wealthy British businessman and sat in a storage shed until 2004 when she was discovered by the present owner. She was completely retrofitted in 2005 and presently hails from South Dartmouth, MA”.
June 18, 2014 - Eastern-rig dragger, Roann
Accompanying the Charles W Morgan on her 38th voyage is the completely restored 1947 60’ Eastern-rig dragger, Roann. She resides in Mystic Seaport also, and is used at the museum to illustrate one of the last remaining examples of the fishing vessels that replaced schooners. These types of vessels were used to fish for flounder, cod and haddock, and were much more productive than the old sailing schooners they replaced.
Vineyard Haven harbor is actually her old home port since she was originally built in 1947 for the late Captain Roy Campbell of Vineyard Haven.