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    Default "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    Hello Forum,

    Seeking plans/drawings of the motorized sampan from the "USS San Pablo" in the Sand Pebbles movie starring Steve McQueen.

    If you haven't seen the movie, it's an inboard-powered sampan of about 20' length.

    Thanks in advance,
    John B
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    Default Re: "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    Get a copy of Harry V Sucher's, Simplified Boat Building: The Flat Bottom Boat.

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    My copy is on loan to a friend, but I believe such a boat is found in that book.

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    Default Re: "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    Still available too, though prices vary somewhat.

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    Whatever you build from Sucher's book make sure you loft it

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    Default Re: "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    You might want to look at:
    The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze

    by G. R. G. Worcester


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    Default Re: "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    Thanks, all...great sources!

    JohnB

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    Default Re: "The Sand Pebbles" movie 1966; Motor Sampan?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnrbayer View Post
    Hello Forum,

    Seeking plans/drawings of the motorized sampan from the "USS San Pablo" in the Sand Pebbles movie starring Steve McQueen.

    If you haven't seen the movie, it's an inboard-powered sampan of about 20' length.

    Thanks in advance,
    John B
    LT, USN (Retired)


    It's such a great movie and book. The relationship between Steve McQueen's character and Po-han, the kid he trains to be an engineer, is really touching.
    If he ever drinks the brew of 10 tanna leaves, he will become a monster the likes of which the world has never seen



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    Thanks all, and Rigadog - LoL!

    John

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