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    Default The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    As an admirer of Mathis/Trumpy this hurts. Off Long Island Sound i believe




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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    I Googled her, and found a 'Waterway Guide' article from a few years ago, talking about getting a historic ship designation. It looks like some rough seas for a yacht with shallow draft. Do you know what caused this, Bob ?




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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    That is a rather compelling photo.

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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    Getting that "historic designation" has its ups and downs

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    This is just hearsay so take it as such. Supposedly the marina she was in has been rocked by ferry wakes for years. As of November 1. all slip leases were terminated. Apparently the owner wanted to haul her but there were no local facilities to do so. He was transiting to Connecticut when this occurred. It should be noted, the owner had sufficient means and had kept her in good shape. If any solid facts come up, hopefully they will be posted here.
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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    Sorry but "Off Long Island Sound" is not a place. In the Sound or not? If so, where?

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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCaird View Post
    Sorry but "Off Long Island Sound" is not a place. In the Sound or not? If so, where?
    agree.
    The sound can get nasty with a very short steep chop, not the type of water those flat water houseboats were intended for.

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    With a wind from the east the western end of the sound can get really ugly as the CT and LI converge and the waves start to bunch up.

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    Truth. I worked rescue in the western Sound and remember some fierce gales. One swept Execution Rocks, knocking over the electronics shack for the lighthouse.

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    Doesnt even need to be a fierce gale. If the tide is going out and the wind is from the east, the chop down at that end of the sound can be nasty. More than once I've crossed the sound from Oyster Bay to Norwalk in a big east wind; always reefed, always a little scary, always good to get Greens Ledge and be in the lee of Sheffield and the Islands.

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    Here is a post from the boats owner/skipper explaining why he had to move. It predates the sinking.

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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    Does anyone know if 'Argo' is in a place where salvage / raising the vessel is possible ?




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    I read the link in post #11. It sounds like the 79th St Boat Basin was once a really cool place that was sullied by serious marina mismanagement. I could understand that he wanted to stay as long as possible.

    I hope they can recover and restore her.
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    Default Re: The 1911 Mathis "Argo" is lost

    Having also read the link and was fascinated, I do wonder about the economics of salvaging the boat.

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