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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    Oooh Aaah.
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    Ahhhhhhhh!

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    I thought Tancooks were double ended?

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    May I address an answer to you, Mr. Smith?
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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I thought Tancooks were double ended?
    The Whalers are, nobody said that is a whaler.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    Yes please.
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    ... I guess not.
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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    Michael, an essay on the naval architecture of Tancook Island would be welcomed by all, I am sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    Michael, an essay on the naval architecture of Tancook Island would be welcomed by all, I am sure.
    Yes it would....
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    Yup yup. A photo-essay, if you please.
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    Whew! Tough audience...

    It's just about suppertime here, and I gotta take the mutt out for her constitutional, so time is limited. I'll answer the whaler/schooner question for now, but keep in mind a lengthier dissertation for a later time, OK?

    Up until the very early 1900's most small inshore craft on Nova Scotia's South Shore were double-enders - the Bush Island boat, the seine skiffs of St. Margaret's Bay, and larger boats such as the Tancook whaler.

    Bush Island boats:



    St. Margaret's Bay seine skiff:



    Tancook whaler:



    At the turn of the last century, Amos Stevens of Tancook Island, a noted and innovative local boatbuilder, devised a new type of hull that was a radical departure from the local schooner-rigged Tancook whaler, with her beam carried farther aft, a 'spoon' bow that had greater buoyancy than its hollow-bowed predecessors, and sporting a counter stern like larger ships of the day. The first of its type was the 38-foot Black Nance, launched about 1903. These innovations allowed the boats to carry more fish and other cargo, but retained the familiar speed, and rig of the whaler, plus were more seaworthy. The first boats that Amos built were very successful, and within just a couple of years the other three boatbuilders on Tancook began to build boats like Amos's 'Tancook schooner'. In a very short time, Tancook schooners became known for their good looks, seaworthiness, and speed. These qualities were not overlooked by the wealthy Americans from New York and Boston who came to nearby Chester every summer and wanted a fast boat to race while here. By the 1930's engines became more reliable, powerful and cost-effective, and the Cape Island boat type from Barrington/Cape Sable Island was shown to be fast and seaworthy and not dependant on the capricious winds, and the commercial fishing industry gave up on sail boats in short order. The cast-off Tancook schooners (such as Jamie's 'Airlie', ex-Green Bow) were re-purposed as gentlemen's yachts, and builders such as David Stevens, Vernon Langille, and Howard Mason added new developments such as make-and-break gasoline engines and Marconi-cut sails and they continued to produce Tancook schooners as yachts well into the latter half of the 20th century.

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    Tancook schooner Wawaloon in 1953:




    Wawaloon a few years ago:

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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    I believe that from reading Chapelle the whalers were really easy to drag up the beach, which tended to drive their form.
    Did the nature of the fishing stations change allowing the development of the hull forms?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Tancook Schooner Sara B.

    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I thought Tancooks were double ended?
    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    May I address an answer to you, Mr. Smith?
    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    The Whalers are, nobody said that is a whaler.
    Oh, right! Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    ... I guess not.
    I was working. I do that. You can always address an answer to me. All I ever ask from anyone is courtesy.

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