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BIGGER THAN LIFE
At one point, back in about
1972, I was thinking pretty big, and designed a 52 foot
"trading ketch," based on the appearance of Sea Witch.
I hoped to have it built in Singapore.
The beam was almost proportional to that of
Sea Witch, so she'd have a goodly cargo capacity – or plenty
of space for staterooms if she were built for charter work.
would have been big enough to have full headroom throughout under the deck
beams, so she had a huge sky-light/cargo hatch in place of the
coach roof, and a small deck house. The "cockpit" was
on deck rather than sunk into it, and she had the luxury of the classic "great
cabin" aft, like a real old clipper.
At least I got around to making a 1/4
inch to the foot scale model of the design while out towing oil
rigs in the Java Sea – quite a come-down from my original grandiose intent.
The model was built and photos taken aboard the M/V
Columbia. It stayed behind with friends in Singapore when I made my
departure from there in 1976. Somebody has probably
sat on it and thrown it away by now.
OF 52' TRADING KETCH
|In the early 1970s, there were
still several traditional wooden boat builders in Singapore,
building motorized work boats, launches, and small tugs, and
this is the kind of heavy construction I envisioned for my 52'
There were still large sailing junks
plying ancient trade routes between Singapore and Indonesia,
mostly in charcoal and poles at the time. The one shown above
was probably about 60-70 foot in length. And though those junks
were very broad of beam, my design was considered "too
wide" to build by the builders who saw my plans.