This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Page 24. MAINE COASTAL NEWS June 2013

HISTORY FROM THE PAST - Miscellaneous News from the Bangor Commercial Maritime History

Continued from Page 22.

vessel is in a hopeless condition so far as selling goes, and I have telegraphed to Boston for a towboat to take us in. All of my crew are sound, but thoroughly worn out by the night’s experience.”

8 April 1901 Wreck of the WENDALL BURPEE St. John Schooner Went Ashore on Cape Elizabeth and Captain and Two Men Drowned.

The two-masted schooner WENDALL BURPEE of St. John, N. B., went ashore off Cape Elizabeth, Casco Bay, shortly before 12 o’clock Sunday noon. The captain, cook and one sailor were drowned, while the mate only was saved. The lost were Louis Mersbury, the captain George Foster, the cook, both of St. John, and a sailor known as “English Charlie.” The mate, who is John Swensen of St. John, managed to reach the shore, more dead than alive, but the others were less fortunate. The schooner WENDALL BURPEE, which was coal laden from New York to St. John, is owned by N. C. Scott of the latter city, and was valued at about $4,000. The mate did not know whether or not she was insured. The cargo of coal was consigned to a Mr. Crusesson, who is a pulp and lumber mill owner in St. John. The vessel will undoubtedly be a total loss.

Everybody knows that a wild day it was, but unless a person visited the Cape, it was

impossible to appreciate the fury of the gale which was sweeping along the coast. According to the story of John Swenson, the mate, the captain thought he was off Matinicus, Maine, when the fog suddenly lifted and he found that he was hard on to the rocks of Cape Elizabeth, where many worthy vessels have come to an untimely end. It was then too late to recover and the schooner was carried high up in Board Cove, which is about a mile from the Cape Elizabeth life-saving station, commanded by Capt. Summer N. Dyer.

Seeing that a wreck was unavoidable, the men decided to take to their yawl. They had proceeded but a short distance from their vessel when the yawl was swamped by a heavy sea and the men were fl oundering in the winter. As they were heavily dressed with oilskins, boots, etc., the men, excepting the mate, went down to their doom. The mate, after an awful struggle in the ragging sea, managed to nearly reach the shore, but sank back exhausted and unconscious a short distance away. He was rescued by two lobster fi shermen, named George S. Woodbury and J. F. York, who, at the risk of their lives, waded into the boiling surf and seized the mate before he could be washed back into deep water.

Capt. Dyer with his crew from the Cape Elizabeth life-saving station was soon at hand and they say that had the men stayed by their schooner ten minutes more they could have rescued them.

Continued from Page 20. Reusable Oil Filter

and are available in confi gurations that spin directly onto existing mounting heads, or in remote-mount models well-suited to space-constrained, below deck, marine applications.

The cleanable, reusable filter technology was fi rst developed, tested, and manufactured by Parker Hannifi n’s Racor Division almost a decade before they turned the technology over to FTG, a full-service Racor distributor, which has independently manufactured it for the past several years. Parker Hannifi n Corporation, a $13 billion, global company, is the world’s leading diversifi ed manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. “The idea was to reduce the continual

cost of fi lter replacement, waste disposal, and inventory,” says David Cline, Oil Filtration Product Manager at Parker Hannifin Corporation’s-Racor Filtration Division in Modesto, Calif. “The cleanable, reusable fi lters reduce the waste stream by 100% because there are no longer any dirty oil fi lters to dispose of.” “The reusable fi lters are designed to last the life of the engine and beyond,” adds Cline. “In fact, after an engine has served its life, it’s possible to remove the cleanable oil fi lter housing, screw it into the next marine application, and continue using the cleanable fi lter, if it’s the same style engine. The fi lters are that permanent.”

For ships that depend on 24/7 engine and diesel generator reliability during voyages that can last for weeks, there’s a further benefi t from using the cleanable, reusable fi lters: greater self-reliance and simplifi ed inventory.

“In the marine market, FTG cleanable

fi lters will help fl eets become more self- suffi cient,” says Story. “Fleets won’t be at the mercy of fi lter availability. They won’t be reliant on third parties to provide new fi lters or dispose of costly used fi lter waste, which takes up extra space onboard.

Not Broken Up Yet.

On Monday morning it was reported that the schooner had not broken up and the life-saving people think that if the sea does not increase she may be saved, though at a great expense as the schooner lies in an easy position, stern on.

The bodies of the captain and crew have not been recovered as yet.

4 October 1901 The FRYE Launched Thursday. Second Attempt to Send the Bath Ship off the Ways Successful.

The second attempt to launch the

schooner WILLIAM P. FRYE, at the Sewall yard at Bath, Thursday afternoon, was successful in every respect. Although 4 o’clock was the hour set for the launching, everything was in readiness at 3:30 and owing to the unusual high tide it was thought feasible to send her off the ways at that time. It was just 3:35 when the word was given and the vessel gave a preliminary quiver and then started slowly down the ways.

As the bow receded, Miss Caroline Frye Briggs, granddaughter of Senator William P. Frye said: “I christen thee WILLIAM P. FRYE,” and at the same time she broke a bottle of champagne over the ship’s bow. Among those who witnessed the launching were the following, who occupied a stand near the ship: Mrs. F. H. Briggs, Auburn; Mrs. Wallace H. White, Lewiston, both daughters of Senator Frye; Miss Emma White, Lewiston, a granddaughter; Miss Methyl Oakes, Auburn.

Inventory will be streamlined as well.” Pat Vuoso says the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are also beginning to look to cleanable, reusable fi lters for an environmental and economic advantage, in place of traditional, disposable ones. As Vice President of Parts and Logistics at HD Industries, a Long Beach, Calif.-based factory authorized full service dealer, and division of Harbor Diesel and Equipment, Inc., Vuoso had business contacts at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach stevedoring terminals approach him. They requested reusable, cleanable air fi lters in place of disposable ones for use in cargo cranes.

“FTG was able to manufacture replacements for the port cranes’ existing OEM air fi lters that matched all specs, and passed all tests,” says Vuoso. FTG, which is MBE & ISO 9001:2008 certifi ed, can design and manufacture cleanable, reusable fi lters in wide variety of shapes and sizes, including pleat depths from 1/4” to 4” and lengths of 40”. “My port contacts are quite happy with the result. As word has gotten out that there’s a cost-effective alternative to disposable air fi lters, other port terminals are asking about cleanable, reusable fi lters, and the technology is spreading to other terminals.”

“Everyone is looking for alternatives to

disposable fi lters because of rising disposal cost and environmental scrutiny,” concludes Vuoso. “Everywhere there’s a disposable, marine fi lter application, cleanable, reusable fi ltration should be considered as an option.” Reusable, cleanable fi lters can be designed and used for any liquid fi ltration in any application.

For more info, call 800-734-1988; Fax 800-734-8080; email sales@ftginc. com; visit; or write to FTG Inc. at 17785 Center Court Dr. N, Suite 730, Cerritos CA 90703-9347, USA. Del Williams is a technical writer based

in Torrance, California.

Senator Frye and the Misses Briggs and White will be the guests of Capt. Sewall on the FRYE’s maiden trip to New York. Mrs. Sewall will also accompany the captain on

1 November 1902 Largest Anchor Made

The largest anchor ever made has just been manufactured by the Seaboard Steel Casting company of Chester, Pennsylvania, for the Eastern Shipbuilding company of New London, Connecticut. It is a stockless anchor and is one of a pair to be used on the big ship, building at New London for the Great Northern railway for service between Seattle and the ports of China and Japan. The anchor weighs complete, 16,800 pounds and is cast from the highest grade of open-hearth cast steel. The anchor is of the Admiral type, and is the invention of Frederick Raldt, Sr. The new lighthouse on Rockland breakwater is now in operation. Its twinkle was a surprise to many, who did not understand it at fi rst.

The light, is white flashing, every

fi ve seconds, and will be of great value to mariners entering the harbor. It cannot be mistaken for a masthead light and makes the work of entering the harbor at night easier for pilots than it ever has been in the past.

S. W. BOATWORKS Continued from Page 1.

another off to the starboard side. His head was on the port side with a full standup shower all polished out. Up in the shelter he had a settee area on the port side, which the table collapsed into a bed. He had basically the same setup aft.”

This boat was powered with the same engine, but 670 hp and did about the same speed.

Stewart said, “We have just started introducing these 38 Calvin as sport-fi shing cruisers. It makes a wonderful package be- cause they are so stable and there is a lot of room in them. You can put plenty of stuff in them, but it’s good to keep it as light as you can.”

Stewart was also real excited about his new 30. Calvin Beal, Jr. fi nished one off at his shop on Beals this winter for a local fi sherman named J-LYNN ZRAE. After sea trials he said, “Awesome boat. I am very, very happy how it come out. Calvin and I went for a ride and she is doing around 30 mph. She has a 305 Cummins in her with a 2½:1 gear. At 92 percent engine load, wide open, she is doing right around 30 miles an hour and burning 11 gallons an hour of fuel. At 2200 she is burning 9½ gallons an hour and doing around 19 knots. There is tons of room in the boat and it is balanced perfectly. The main bulkhead is 18 foot 4 inches and with a 6 foot house on, there is 12 feet of cockpit from the back of the house to the transom.

“The 32 Mitchell Cove is a really nice boat,” added Stewart, “but she is known for sailing a little high in the bow. When Calvin set this one up he set her up so she sails a little fl atter. I think she is going to outperform the Mitchell Cove 32 hands-down.

this voyage. The FRYE will engage in foreign

carrying trade.

The naming of the ship for Senator Frye was the happy thought and earnest desire of the late Hon. Arthur Sewall. It is interesting for materials for the building of the FRYE was the last business transacted by Mr. Sewall before his death. Senator Frye was unable to be present at Thursday’s ceremony. Work will immediately begin at the Sewall yard in the building of a fi ve-masted steel schooner, the fi rst ever built.

“I’m kind of jealous that I don’t have one myself,” said Stewart. “I have already sold one of those 30s. Someone in Vermont wants me to block the keel off so they can put outboards on her. They want a big sta- ble platform that looks nice and sails easy so they can get around Lake Champlain. There is also another gentleman who wants to make a little day boat with a gas motor. Particulars: Dimensions: 30’ x 12’6” x 3’10”; custom top by Calvin Beal; wet exhaust; shaft: 1¾” SS Aquamet 22; cutlass bearing and rudder ports, R.E. Thomas; propeller: 28 x 32 three blade; single ram steering; 14’ hauler; Anchor hatches; Morse controls; metal fabrications, B. Kennedy; and 85 gallon fuel tank.

There is still plenty of work at the

shop. They have a 34 Calvin, which is being fi nished off as a yacht for a customer from Scituate, MA. Stewart said, “That has a fairly simple layout with some goodies. She has the 6.7 Cummins, 480 hp with a 2½:1 gear. We are looking to get probably a good 20 knot cruise out of her. The 34s are awesome boats, but they are not built for carrying weight forward. So we have to be really creative and try to keep as much weight as we can out of it.” They are also fi nishing off a 42 Wesmac

for a fi sherman from Vinalhaven, which should be over in June. They also were awarded the Marine Patrol boat, which will be a 38 foot Calvin Beal, which will start when the Vinalhaven boat is launched. Then they have a Wesmac 46 to fi nish as a lobster boat. Stewart is working with a customer that is interested in a 42 Young Brothers. Right now they are laying up 45 Young Brothers and then they have a 40 Young Brothers to do. For those interested the layup shop right now has a couple of spots open in September and October. Do not procrastinate!

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32