In a few past threads from a couple of years ago, re: Schooner Wanderlure II and others, a reference was made to a design 273 - Design 273-B is a 65' 3" X 46' 4" X 8' 4 1/4" built for Charles L. Andrews of N.Y.C. Design 273 was never built.
In John G. Alden and his Yacht Designs, authors Robert W. Carrick and Richard Henderson have listed design 274 as an auxiliary marconi ketch, 37' 3" x 28' 6" x 10' 6" X 5' 10." Boats built were all built in 1926, and were all schooners that I know of, including Nor'Wester, which I have sailed aboard on Lake Michigan many times, her missing sister, Nonnette, both built in Marinette, Wisconsin, Seaward is today owned by a naval architect and sails out of Maine, and once made a trip to Bermuda. A Wanderlure II and Seaward were both built at a North Talawanda, N.Y. boat yard, on the Great Lakes. The Larkin family of Buffalo, N.Y. originally owned both boats, and Wanderlure II was shipped by steamer in the late twenties or early thirties to the west coast, where Charles Larkin moved (they owned a large business that, I believe, included soap manufacturing). Wanderlure II later was said to have sailed to Tahiti after she was sold to another owner in 1929. Their was rumor that she was wrecked there. A boat, Danai, built for Hans Faiele of N.Y.C. was built by Kenneth McAlpin of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada. I have never been able to track down Quack Quack and Southern Cross... I remember speaking a few years ago with Donald G. Parrot, long time manager and historian of Alden Yachts, who looked up some of the information for me. I also requested and received sail plans, and basic study drawings of this schooner. Some were rigged with the Bermuda mainsail and all I have seen so far had a gaff rigged foresail. I have a rare book, The Richardson Story, by William C. Linquist, published in 1990 by the author, and in his book, he describes Seaward as being built for Harry Larkin and sailed for many years off of Cape Cod, MA.
In the 1993-1994 Register of Wooden Yachts, there is a Wanderlure, a small Alden schooner, listed as 32' length overall, 26' length on waterline, with an 11' beam built in 1923 by Sea Craft of Los Angeles, CA, home port of Honolulu, Hawaii. If the Wanderlure in Hawaii were actually built by Seaward of L.A. it seems very peculiar that she was built three years before all of the others.
Nor'Wester is an extremely sea-kindly boat, with her traditional fisherman schooner design, she finds a slot in the water with her full keel and heels to a certain point when on a beat, and takes whatever the lake can dish out. I remember changing a headsail with my legs awash to my knees one minute, and the next, the bow of Nor'Wester rising up onto a wave, and I am suddenly ten feet or more above the water!