Boothbay Harbor - General
Portland Press Herald, Friday Morning, December 30, 1949. Chls- A Adams, Burd- Eye pub- room 12 Roy 5.30 R. as n-law, E. presl- sectary: M. 6. when Sat- VFW be FAMED SCHOONER YACHT SOLD -- The luxurious racing schooner yacht Gee Gee, III. which will leave Boothbay Harbor in a few days for Wilmington, N. C., via New York. The famed 109-foot steel yacht, formerly named Cleopatra's Barge, has been purchased by John P. Hazzard. III. Chapel Hill. N. C., after being Idle for two years. Her mainmast towers 114 feet above the deck. One-Time Cleopatra's Barge Eleady To Go To Sea Again By Sanders R. Johnson (Staff Writer) Idle for two years, the palatial. 09-foot yacht Gee Gee, 'III--one f the fastest schooner yachts in he world--will go to sea again n a few days. Famous along the Atlantic Coast nder the name of Cleopatra's large, the yacht has been pur- hased by John P. Hazzard, in, f Chapel Hill. N. C.. from the state of Murdock Porter Johnson 'f Natlck. Mass. The price vfa^ lot disclosed. ' , Hazzard. a Chapel Hill automo- ille firm executive, his wife and heir two sons and Capt. Philip Hunt. Rochester. N. Y.. will cruise he yacht to Wilmington. N. C.. la New York. Johnson, a large laundry oper- tor in Boston, bought the steel- lulled yacht In 1945 and spent at east $100.000 in 1946-'47 in renewing renewing her splendor. The work in- luded new teak decks, all new igging, new galley -- size of a small restaurant, and two new lollow masts, two of the largest ever made and costing $20,000. Much of It was done by a Boothbay Boothbay Harbor yacht yard. The yacht, which once was owned by the Crownlngshields, vlarblehead, Mass.. noted yacht- ng family, reportedly could have been bought for $50,000 last Summer. Summer. Because of the cost of maln- alnlng a crew of 14 and othpr Â·xpenses of a yacht of her type, there were no buyers. Many yachtsmen, who visited Boothbay n the past two Summers, looked ler over and speculated when she would be recommlssloned. She remained remained tied to Mclntlre's Wharf with her decks boxed over for outside storage. Capt. Fuller Dunton, Dunton, Boothbay Harbor, the yacht's master since 1945, also has been caretaker of the craft. Built by Herreschoff In 1916, the yacht is elaborately fitted out for comfortable long - range sailing, with a beautifully-grained mahogany mahogany Interior. Yacht yard operators have estimated estimated that It would cost $500.000 to build such a pleasure craft today. today. In addition, her furnishings, ncludlng new thick rugs and ma- icgany chairs which never have been used, would cost thousands of dollars. She has sleeping accommodations accommodations for eight In the owner's party and for a crew of 14. Two double staterooms and her main dining saloon also/are paneled in ma- logany. Her mahogany binnacle box is land-carved. As Cleopatra's Barge, she was gaff-rigged, but was re-equipped for a Marconl-rlg in 1947. She carries 2,650 square feet of canvas In the mainsail; 1,404. foresail: 580. fore staysail; and 670. jib. Her beam Is 24 feet and she draws 15'/ 2 feet of water. Her lead tcel weighs 40 tons. Her accommodations Include four large toilet rooms, each with a bathtub and shower. Dishes, glasses and other kitchenware carry the yacht's name. Equipped with a large Diesel auxiliary, the yacht has a large radio room with the most modern navigational instruments. She was named Cleopatra's Barge after the first private American yacht, built in 1820. 1,000 Chicks In Gorham Fire Tank Truck Saves Rest Of Plummer Gorham, Dec. 30. (Friday) -Fire -Fire started by an overheated brooder stove destroyed part of a brooder house at the farm Mrs. Russell Plummer. North Gorham Road, Little Falls, early today. About 1,000 five-week-old chicks died in the fire. Chief Harlan D. Freeman of the South Wlndham Fire Department Department estimated the loss at $800 or $900. The South Windham firemen to send their tank truck on several trips to a hydrant two away to get water for their successful fight to stop the flames. They saved 500 three-day-old chicks, one end of the brooder house, and a woodshed which once started to catch fire and might have carried the fire to the main house. , Mrs. Plummer, a widow, had kitchen full of chicks for a as the SOO saved ones were there for shelter from the bitter cold. Later they were returned the salvaged section of the house. The fire broke out at 11 p. Thursday. The South Wlndham department fought It two hours. Strong winds hampered them. Washington, Dec. 29. (UP)-The (UP)-The Marquess of Mllford Haven. 30, and his American fiancee, Romalne Dahlgren Pierce Simpson, Simpson, 26. will be married here Feb. 4, it was announced today.