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

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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" A Dock Scene at San Francisco io the Stirring Days of Sailing Ships. I he - ,' -4. H . -I " ; tCj'"-- , Photo. Taken About 1898, Shows the Astral Being Loaded at That Port. f jrV i T " . .. --v-.Crr" "-, W j ( Jp' V ff . i 'i T"7i"mi7"1i ' o0.' .x.w Her Great Sails Billowing Before a Spanking Breeze, the Full-Rigged W ilium I. Ltwit Moves &JF . .'"v s I I Majestically Through the Golden Gate. fashions. Some are used as oil and lumbeY barges. Others are burned on some lonely beach after valuables have been removed. Others house canneries. Fall of Clyde, at one time a high-masted bark, now docs duty as a floating marine oil station at Ketchikan, Alaska. AT San Diego. California, the flfor of India, another square rigger, Is used as a floating museum, by the San Diego Zoological Society a quaint ending, certainly for a windjammer! And another star Star of ScotlandIt a fish-ing barga off Ocean Park, California. But most of the glorious wind ships arc moored forlornly In lonely bays and shipyards, rigging sagging, yards canted In every-whlch-way. and the paint on their hulls blistered and faded. , There seems to be little hope for the windjammersthey are vanishing from the Seven Seaa. Ponape. The full rigged ship Grace Harwar is another Finnish craft, aa is the four-mast barken tine Mozart. All of these vessels have engaged In the Australian grain trade. And there are a number of barks, also dying the Finnish colors, noteworthy among which are the Penan a, Winterhude, Fave.ll, and Killoran. Outside of the fore-and-afters, such aa the lumber carrier Vigilant and the North Pacific schooners, the Americans have little to offer In the way of large sailing ' vessels. The white-hulled ship Tu attain, which formerly was active in the Atlantic Coast-Hawaii trade, at last reports was laid up Indefinitely at New York. There Is something ominous about such layings-up, for they usually spell doom for the wind ships. THE Germans once had a grand fleet of crack windjammers, the 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-name from the fact that all of their names began with the letter "P," as, for Instance, the four-mast German barks Padua and Priwall These speedy wind- j o q r sc Tmmaturc Hour BUD -"LAND I S ammera were operated by Reederei F. Laelsz UD: Good evening:, everv neonle. B' the first Simon pure for this prorram. . . . Step right up, young men, and make the fight of Hamburg Abraham Rifiihuiii and V. B. Pvte.rurn, four-mast barks, recently were in commission under the Swcdiuh flag, but they may' have been consigned to those significant "lav-ups" hy this time, also The great wind ships end their days in odd er, rather fake the mice AMATEUR; Thank you, Sergeant: what you mean Is "face the mike." 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 recalls those great wind ships of the past - 21-knot James Baines, considered by some marine historians the fastest sailing ship of all time, the Donald McKay clipper ship Lightning, which was reputed to have logged 436 nautical miles in. 24 hours, an average speed in excess of 18 knots; the great McKay clipper Flying 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 Hire months for each westbound voyage. And then those great English ships: the tea ' clipper ships Ariel and Taeping, Thermopylae, Scrim, the beautiful lined Sir Lancelot, the swift-hulld Mormon Court, the dainty Tetania, , the powerful four-mast bark Garthpool, the able Rons-Khirfi. of the same rig, and many others, too numerous, even in their glory, to be men-, tioned Individually. All of the wind-driven vessels of the past represent a glorious 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 sRllIng 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 O. 8. Holme, 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 Louise, and the four-mast William 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 Chrittmifn. of the Pacific Coast Codfish company, and the two handsome three-mast sailing schooners ot the Robinson Fisheries company fleet. Watrond and Asalea, the former commanded by Captain Torn Haugen. and the latter BUD: Isn't that what I said? 8ay-y, haven't I seen you before? L, I in At the Wheel of the Muscooia in the Days That Gone Forever. No Steam or Electric-Driven Stceri ngoear yr . s. X X in Those Days Man-Power Guided the Ship: 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 t the North Pacific Ocean. But early in 1936, she waa sold, and today just a little over one year later this glorious 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 is typical of the Inevitable doom facing all vessels which make their way across the seas under aall. From 1929 until her demise aa 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 Itoehulu, A : I 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; By starving, air 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 twenty years and this Is mv first attempt as an amateur BUD: But - A : Oh please, sir, I'll try ever so hard. I'm willing to take the knocks and the heart aches, if only In later vears I esn become a seasoned n mate ii r BUD' You don't seem to get the Idea. We don't want anybody to make first appearances fill he Is accustomed to it. A Oh I Mf like the farmer who could ii-ver even get n new pair of boots on hla feet 'ill after he'd worn them a few times. BUD Vow voir re (retting the Idea; you've gut to toas gag with me if you want to work on this program Mavbo J 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 fickle puhllc-a tyro gives thr best years of his life to the business and then listeners suddenly turn around and demand professional talent. BUD' That's the breaks of the game Inci-dentally, can you sing? A: Ah. why er. frankly yes. But I have a cold, e touch of laryngitis, and a length of sore throat Surely that will scale my voice down enough to qualify on this program. BUD; Come to think of it, dtdn't I hear you at rehearsals . A: Sure voi did' What do you think of my execution? was to enter the Australia-Europe grain trade. by Captain John Grntle X .. .r- J jr& ' It was this same Captain GroUe who sailed ' where the last remaining members of the square-rigged sailing ship fleets now voyage oc- the swift little two-mast sailing schooner Carrier Dei, a 110-foot "Down East" windjammer, from Squay Harbor, of the Shumagin Islands Alssks. to Cape Flattery, Washington. In five days, averaging gno miles per day for the 1R00-mile .voyage, in the vear 1P01. Stirring records have ben wet up by the wind ahips. and Camrr Dove's mark is a noteworthy one. In recent years, there voyaged the sometimes mlm nd often Inclement waters of the North Pacific, the four-topma.t sailing schooner Com-m4nre, as she transported lumber cargoes from the Pacific Northwest to the Hawaiian flnd 'rasionaly when they can find cargoes. The Mnnhutu, a smart and fast bark of 3116 gross registered tons, and a registered length of 338.3 feet, was purchased from a San Frandseo shipping Arm, the Charles Nelson company, by Captain Gustaf Enkson, of Mariehamn, Finland Captain Erikson la perhapa the owner of the greatest fleet of square-rigged sailing vessels in the world today. Four-mast barks of Finnish registry. In recent time, include Pnxtt Pnrmn Arrhxhnlii RiirU,Viknj,VAwntT,Prinnr,Olie-honk . Law hill. Pnmmrm. Hertnifin Cecibe, and But what about ygur BUD: I'm In favor of it. song? Tim Photo Show the lrag't Tinale to the Career of the Three-MMed (ileufultn. Wrecked on the North Pacific Comt in 1913. A: 1 11 sing: "About a quarter to nine," BUD: fjood! This program la off the air at half past eight- we'll be hearing you later. SOUND: (Bong!) PAGE THREI-I

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