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Brigantine Black Pearl - I need information
I hope that this is not a crime to ask about a brigantine on the Schooner Forum... If so, please feel free to keel haul me :)
I am researching the history of the Black Pearl. Below is the compilation of info that I already have. I would be very much obliged for ANY additions, corrections etc. I am interested in historical facts, people involved, photos, drawings and gossips and informal opinions about the ship. Many of ASA members must have seen the Black Pearl sailing.
Fair Winds and Thank You...
Wojtek (Voytec) Wacowski (email@example.com)
1. ) Designed by: Edson Burr Schock (1871-1950) (?)
2. ) Built by C. Lincoln Vaughan (Vaughn?), the builder is described as the Newport, RI shipbuilder. The boat was built in Wickford RI, - various sources are giving various dates :
3. ) Vaughn sold The Black Pearl in 1958 to Barclay Warburton III, a wealthy Newport man. Mr. Warburton graduated from Harvard in 1948 and was later elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. He settled in Newport and, in 1967, founded the Black Pearl restaurant there.( restaurant still popular and famous in New England) , He was married to Mary "Minnie" Wanamaker Warburton - who inherited part of large fortune left by father: Rodman Wanamaker ($35 million in 1928). Barclay Warburton III helped to promote the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City by displaying the Black Pearl at the museums' pier in the early 1970s. The brigantine sailed to the Caribbean (several times?) , took part in the first New York OpSail in 1964, took part in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race in 1972 together with the "Eagle", the first American vessels to do so. Took part in The Bicentennial Celebration in 1976 , took part in the Transatlantic Race from the Bermudas to Boston organized by the ASTA in 1976
Warburton was so inspired by the enthusiasm and spirit he saw in Europe in 1972 during an international gathering of tall ships and young people, he set out to create a similar organization in order to bring the same kind of spirit to the United States. He is credited with founding ASTA in 1973. The Black Pearl became its flagship. Upon Warburton’s death, The Black Pearl was
Mr Warburton died on May 1, 1983 survived by five children, Barclay H. 4th of Washington, D.C., Margarett R. of Los Angeles, Miranda of Pullman, Wash., and Rosemary W. Hardisty and Peter L., both of Newport. Barclay H. Warburton IV is losted as member of ASTA Board of Directors Class 2002.
Quote: "This is the great purpose of sail training - that the greatest handiwork of man, the sailing ship, shall be borne across the greatest handiwork of God, the sea, to bring together our young people in friendship." Barclay Warburton III, ASTA Founder
4.) Black Pearl sailed in The Operation Sail of 1983, tall ships race from Venezuela to Philadelphia to Newport to Lisbon, Portugal (under new ASTA management ?)
5. ) The BLACK PEARL HOLDING COMPANY was founded to preserve the ship, she was completely overhauled in 1985 Took part in the 1986 Operation Sail in New York. Took part in The Rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1988 A one-hour documentary film about the "Black Pearl" was made in 1990 with the support of the National Maritime Historical Society.
6. ) In 1993 purchased by the Aquaculture Foundation, used for sail training programs for a regional high school devoted to teaching marine science via hands-on techniques Took part in Tall Ship race from Norfolk, Va. to Montauk Point, N.Y., in
from www.tallshipblackpearl.org (Aquaculture) as posted on Aug 21, 2000: "The Black Pearl has once again fallen into disrepair, due to lack of maintenance funds."
At that time Michael Williams and Edwin T. (Ted?) Merritt are listed as contacts for the vessel
The website is dead from summer 2002
"its rigging enables the vessel to be managed by only 2 seamen"
(ASTA Sail Tall Ships! imperial data+ data recalculated by me to metric for
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