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    I'm tracing the history of Merriman Bros., makers of my #2A mainsail headboard. (see it in a photo at the bottom of gallery 1 at old headboard .

    So far, I've found Merriman Bros. references that are about 50 years old, then more recently Merriman, Inc. which was first a division of UTD Corp, then Quamco then in 1995, Precision Castparts, Inc. At some point in the string of acquisitions, the Merriman name was lost, and the casting of marine hardware morphed into aerospace castings.

    On another note, I see later 20th century (1975 to 1982) parts lists for yachts including Merriman and Merriman-Holbrook components and Merriman Yacht Specialties steering pedestals. Are all these Merrimans related, offshoots of Merriman Brothers, and are they all out of business?

    [ 01-07-2004, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: David Kanally ]

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    I'm tracing the history of Merriman Bros., makers of my #2A mainsail headboard. (see it in a photo at the bottom of gallery 1 at old headboard .

    So far, I've found Merriman Bros. references that are about 50 years old, then more recently Merriman, Inc. which was first a division of UTD Corp, then Quamco then in 1995, Precision Castparts, Inc. At some point in the string of acquisitions, the Merriman name was lost, and the casting of marine hardware morphed into aerospace castings.

    On another note, I see later 20th century (1975 to 1982) parts lists for yachts including Merriman and Merriman-Holbrook components and Merriman Yacht Specialties steering pedestals. Are all these Merrimans related, offshoots of Merriman Brothers, and are they all out of business?

    [ 01-07-2004, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: David Kanally ]

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    I'm tracing the history of Merriman Bros., makers of my #2A mainsail headboard. (see it in a photo at the bottom of gallery 1 at old headboard .

    So far, I've found Merriman Bros. references that are about 50 years old, then more recently Merriman, Inc. which was first a division of UTD Corp, then Quamco then in 1995, Precision Castparts, Inc. At some point in the string of acquisitions, the Merriman name was lost, and the casting of marine hardware morphed into aerospace castings.

    On another note, I see later 20th century (1975 to 1982) parts lists for yachts including Merriman and Merriman-Holbrook components and Merriman Yacht Specialties steering pedestals. Are all these Merrimans related, offshoots of Merriman Brothers, and are they all out of business?

    [ 01-07-2004, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: David Kanally ]

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    The Merriman Brothers you're interested is this one:



    They used this logo



    usually, stamped or cast into the bronze hardware.

    They went bankrupt some time back (early-mid 80s?). I believe Mystic has at least some of their papers.

    Hope this helps.

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    The Merriman Brothers you're interested is this one:



    They used this logo



    usually, stamped or cast into the bronze hardware.

    They went bankrupt some time back (early-mid 80s?). I believe Mystic has at least some of their papers.

    Hope this helps.

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    The Merriman Brothers you're interested is this one:



    They used this logo



    usually, stamped or cast into the bronze hardware.

    They went bankrupt some time back (early-mid 80s?). I believe Mystic has at least some of their papers.

    Hope this helps.

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    Great ad! Have also spoken with a guy on the west coast who was the Merriman Yacht Specialties rep there until they went out of business in 1990. Will report any findings as they come in.

    Appreciate your post!

    David

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    Great ad! Have also spoken with a guy on the west coast who was the Merriman Yacht Specialties rep there until they went out of business in 1990. Will report any findings as they come in.

    Appreciate your post!

    David

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    Great ad! Have also spoken with a guy on the west coast who was the Merriman Yacht Specialties rep there until they went out of business in 1990. Will report any findings as they come in.

    Appreciate your post!

    David

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    If you keep a watchful eye on Ebay, you can occasionally pick up an old Merriman Bros catalog. Now seems like they're viewed somewhat as collector's items, but I find old old one that I got last year invaluable as a reference to how Torna should fitted out.
    -leif

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    If you keep a watchful eye on Ebay, you can occasionally pick up an old Merriman Bros catalog. Now seems like they're viewed somewhat as collector's items, but I find old old one that I got last year invaluable as a reference to how Torna should fitted out.
    -leif

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    If you keep a watchful eye on Ebay, you can occasionally pick up an old Merriman Bros catalog. Now seems like they're viewed somewhat as collector's items, but I find old old one that I got last year invaluable as a reference to how Torna should fitted out.
    -leif

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    I have an old Merriman catalog --as well as a lot ofMerriman stuff on my boat. If anyone needs to look at specific catalogue items, I'll be glad to send them photocopies of appropriate pages.

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    I have an old Merriman catalog --as well as a lot ofMerriman stuff on my boat. If anyone needs to look at specific catalogue items, I'll be glad to send them photocopies of appropriate pages.

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    I have an old Merriman catalog --as well as a lot ofMerriman stuff on my boat. If anyone needs to look at specific catalogue items, I'll be glad to send them photocopies of appropriate pages.

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    Default Re: Merriman Bros. Merriman Holbrook

    Hi,you know these logo?


    http://www.bozzello.it/images/DSCN3719.JPG

    http://www.bozzello.it/images/DSCN3720.JPG

    http://www.bozzello.it/images/DSCN3717.JPG

    http://www.bozzello.it/images/DSCN3713.JPG

    http://www.bozzello.it/images/DSCN3721.JPG

    I am an italian collector of pulleyes ,I have need of news on these pulleyes and on Merriman bros.
    Thanks many to who will help me!!
    Saluti da Napoli

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    Default Re: Merriman Bros. Merriman Holbrook

    Damn! What's with all of the triple posts?

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    Default Re: Merriman Bros. Merriman Holbrook

    Server had a serious stut-stut-stutter back in '04....
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    One of the Merriman Brothers came to the west coast in the early seventies. He founded his own company here making hardware for a while. He told me that when the corporate take over of the parent company came down, the bright young men on the board of directors had all of the casting patterns, for the classic Merriman Hardware, carted off to the dump and burned! This so enraged him that he resigned from the company and came as far west as he could without having to swim. Mr. Merriman had a miniature snubbing winch on his desk that he used as a paper weight. I was looking for one to handle the reefing tackle on "Red Witch". With the words, "This will most likely be the last new Merriman winch you will ever see!" he gave it to me as a gift. It is indeed a treasure!
    Jay

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    A friend just located a stash of Merriman blocks in an old storage garage. Happily they will be used on the restoration of the Seawanhaka Schooner "Charmian". One of the things I like about these old blocks is the clackey clack of the roller bearings. While not as friction free as some of the more modern bearings, it is a sound that adds to the enjoyment of sailing a vintage wooden boat.
    Jay

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