Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 9, 1936 · Page 11
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 11

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, May 9, 1936
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Romantic Sailing Vessels Vanishing From Seven Seas Only a Handful of Old Square Riggers Remain to Uphold Glamourous Tradition of "Wooden Ships and Iron Men" v... .s. . I s&smm: mmraim : . : . - 'I III! I ll I ll 'I : g picS4iv;;;iKi:.- s. .-.-. - ...T..... .. s ... . tashlons. Some are used as oil and lumber barges. Others are burned on some lonely beach after valuables have been removed. Others house cnnnorlcs. Falls of Clyde, at one time a hif h-mastecl bark, now docs duty as a floating marine oil station at Ketchikan, Alaska. AT San Diego, California, the Star of India, another square rigger, Is used as a floating museum, by tho San Diego Zoological Socioty a quaint ending, certainly for a windjammer! And another star- S(r o Scotland Is a fishing barge off Ocean Park, California. But most of tho glorious wind ships are moored forlornly In lonely bays and shipyards, rigging sagging, ynrds canted In cvcry-whlch-wny, and tho paint on their hulls blistered and faded. . . There seems to bo little hopo for tho windjammers thoy are vanishing from the Seven Seas. I mmature Hour B v B U D L A NTbTS . .... . JLfr Ifr! A Dock Scene at San Francisco in the Stirring Days of Sailing Ships, lhe Photo, Taken About 1898, Shows the Astral Being Loaded at That Port. Het Great Sails Billowing Before a Spunking Breeze, the l-'ulI-Riggcd William I. Lewis Moves Majestically Through the Golden Gate. Ponape. The full rigged ship draco Hanvar la another Finnish craft, as Is tho four-mast bar-kentine Mozart. All of these vessels have engaged in the Australian grain trade. And there arc a number of barks, uIho Hying tho Finnish colors, noteworthy among which are the Pcnnnn, Winterhutti:, Fuvcll, and Killoran. Outside of the forc-and-afteis, such as the lumber carrier Vtiillaul and the North Pacific schooners, the Americans hnvo little to offer In the way of huge sailing vessels'. Tho white-hulled ship Tusiliila. which formerly was nctivo In the Atlantic trade, at last reports wan laid up Indefinitely at New York. There is something ominous about such laylngs-up, for they usually spell doom for the wind ships. THE Germans once had a grand fleet of crack windjammers, tho famous "Flying P" boats out of Hamburg, In the Germany-Chile nitrate trade. These fast vessels, manned by real, "crack-on" sailors and officers, hung up some astonishing records In their time. The "Flying P" boats took their nick-nnme from the fact that all of their names began with the letter "P," as, for Instance, tho four-mast German barks Padua and Priwall. These speedy wind-lammers were operated by Rcederei F. Laelsz of Hamburg Abraham Ridhcrfi and V. H. Pntnrsr'ii, tour-mast barks, recently were In commission under the Swedish flag, but they mny buvo been con-signed to those significant "lay-ups" hy this lime, also The greut wind ships end their days In odd I fi fill 1 pi .i"'., StM Feats of Old Time Skippers Live On In Legend, Though Few Ships Remain By RAYMOND J. KRANTZ WHITE-WINGED wind ships, which once dotted the Seven Seas by the thousands, today have dwindled to a mere handful of windjammers, and now the world Is viewing the tragedy of the passing of the ships that make their way across the trackless oceans by the uncertain winds. Soon they will be no more-only a romantic memory of the dim past. The vanishing of the sailing vessels recallB those great wind ships of the past 21 -knot James Baincs, considered by some marine historians the fastest sailing ship of all time, the Donald McKay clipper ship Lirhlmnn, which was reputed to have logged 436 nautical miles In 24 hours, an average speed In excess of 18 knots; the great McKay clipper Flyinn Cloud, which chalked up a record never equalled it made two passages between New York and San Francisco, by way of Cape Horn, in less than three months for each westbound voyage. And then those great English ships: the tea clipper ships Ariel and Tacpinii, Thermopylae, Sciicii, the beautiful lined Sir Lancelot, the swift-hulled Norman Court, the dainty Tltania, the powerful four-mast bark Garthpool, the able Rns-i-shirc. of the same rig, and many others, too numerous, even in their glory, to be mentioned Individually. All of the wind-driven vessels of the past represent a elorious tradition of sail which never will be completely forgotten. But today, there voyage the Seven Seas a few survivors of the great age of sail. ON the North Pacific Ocean, the five-mast sailing schooner Vigilant is making fairly regular voyages between Pacific Northwest ports and Honolulu, under command of Captain Charles R. Mellberg, carrying lumber cargoes to Hawaii and returning to the Northwest In ballast And then there is the four-mast fur trading sailing schooner C. 8. Holmes, captained by John Backland. Jr., which makes a voyage to the Arctic Ocean, as far north as Point Barrow. Alaska, each summer. And from the Golden Gate each summer, two codfishing schooners set forth, bound for Bering Sea, to return In the fall with a full catch of codfish. These vessels are the three-mast sailing schooner Louisa, and the four-mast WllJfam H. Smith, of the Union Fish Company, of San Francisco, California. And farther north, up the Pacific Coast, from Puget Sound, three other sailing vessels start out each codfishing season for the Bering Sea banks the four-mast sailing schooner Sophie Christ mm- of the Pacific Coast Codfish company, and the two handsome three-mast sailing schooners ol the Robinson Fisheries company fleet. Wawona and Azalea, the former commanded by Captain Tom Haugcn. and the latter by Captain John Orotle. It was this same Captain Grotle who sailed the swift little two-mast sailing schooner Carrier Dor, a no-foot "Down Bast" windjammer, from SquaW Harbor, of the Rhumagin Islands Alaska, to Cape Flattery, Washington. In five days, averaging 300 miles per day for the 100-mile voyage, in th yar 1901. Stirring records have been set up by the wind ships, and Carrier Doi ' mark is a noteworthy one. In recent years, there voyaged the sometimes calm and often Inclement waters of the North Pacific, the four-topmastosalllng schooner Com-mMwr. as she transported lumber cargoes from the Piflc Northwest to the Hawaiian island At the Wheel of the Muscoola in the Days That Havt Gone Forever. No Steam or Electric-Driven Steering Gear in Those Days Man-Power Guided the Ships. BUD: Good evening, every people. Here Is tho first Simon puro for this program. , , , Step right up, young mon, and make the fight nr. rather fake tho mlco AMATEUR: Thank you, Sergeant; what you mean Is "faco the mike." BUD: Isn't that what I said? Say-y, haveij't I aeon you before? A: 1 don't know I've been before, several times. BUD: I seem to know that face, but I Just can't put It. How do you make a living? A: Hy starving, sir I'm an actor. BUD: An actor, eh? Well, this Is an amateur presentation. A: I know It; I'd like to try out as a beginner. BUD: I'm sorry, but we have to have amateurs with no previous experience. A: Mister. I've been In show business twonty years and this Is mv first attempt as an nmateur BUD: But - ; A : Oh please, sir. I'll try ever so hard. I'm willing to tako the knocks and tho heart aches, If only In Inter vvir I can become a seasoned amateur. HUD: You don't seem to get the Idea. We don't want anybody to mnke first appenrances ill he Is accustomed to It. A: Oh I see like the farmer who could never even get s new pair of boots on his feet 'III after he'd worn them a few times. HUD: Now vou're getting tho Idea; you've got to toss gags with me If you want to work on this program Mavbe 1 can use you after all -you know the public gets tired of the same old beginners week after week A : Yes. that's the nltv The tickle puhllo-a tyro gives the best vears of his life to the buslnoss and then listeners suddenly turn around and demand professional talent. BUD' That's the breaks of the game. Incidentally, can von sing? A; Ah, why cr. frankly yea. But I have a eold. n touch of larvngllls, and a length of sore throat Surely that will scale my voice down enough to qualify on this prngrnm. BUD; Come to think of It. didn't t hear yon at rehearsals? A: Rure vol did! What do you think of my execution? KUD: I'm In favor of It. But what about your song? A: I'll sing: "About a quarter to nlneA' BUD: Good! This program la off the air at half past eight we'll be hoarine; you latSr. SOUND: (Bong!) FA.QE THREI-1 From 1923 until 1935 she sailed regularly in a kind of "shuttle" service between the Northwest and Hawaii, and during the last few years of her time, she was acknowledged the only regularly operated large commercial windjammer on the North Pacific Ocean. But early In 1935, she was sold, and today just a little over one year later this glorioua and lofty-sparred wind ship which formerly swept with majestic grace along the great ocean lanes with screaming gales driving at her white spreads of canvas is an un-romantie barge. Apparently, her canvas will belly out In beautiful curved patterns against sullen skies no more. THE Commodore's fate la typical of the Inevitable doom facing all vessels which make their way across the seas under sail. From 1929 until her demise as a wind propelled ship, Commodore was commanded by Captain B, N, A. Krantz, a veteran North Pacific sailing vessel master. In October, 1935, a great four-mast bark set off for Cape Flattery, bound for Australia. It was understood that this vessel, the Moshulu, was to enter the Australia-Europe grain trade, where the last remaining members of the square-rigged sailing ship fleets now voyage oc-caslonaly when they can find cargoes. The Moshulu, a smart and fast bark of 31 18 gross registered tons, and a registered length of 33ft. 3 feet, was purchased from a flsn Francisco shipping firm, the Charles Nelson company, by Captain Gustaf Erikson, of Marlehamn. Finland Captain Erikson Is perhaps the owner of ths greatest fleet of square-rigged sailing vesaeJi In the world today. Four-mast barks of Finnish registry. In recent time. Include Passat, Parmn. Archibald JtHSStll, VifciitVi L'Avenir, Pamir, Olive-bank. Lau:hill, Pnmmcm. Herzoain CeciUte, and y ., " ' ;P; 41'-'-"" JT t his Photo Sho the I ragic l inale to the Career of rfce Three-Masied (tlenetiliii. Wrecked on the North Pacific Cosh in 1913. o o O

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