Sunday, December 30, 2018

Manhassett restoration

Saturday January 12:

Cold is here; we are watching the ice in several locations. stay tuned;
Meanwhile, restoration work on Manhasset continues:

It is amazing how many screws George Buckhout put into the Manhasset; Taking them out 107 years later is no easy feat...
Here is the cockpit of Manhasset. We are trying to get to the stick that is the backbone. This needs removal.

Underside of cockpit. Skeg will be removed.
This is tongue & groove  pine, screwed to the backbone. 

We remove each piece of cockpit bed; this is the bow underside.

With no ice here in the Hudson Valley, and with the government shutdown in DC, which stymied a plan to set up FDR's Hawk at the FDR site in Poughkeepsie ( as we did 2 years ago), we are turning efforts to begin restoration of the ice yacht Manhassett. Find her story here. 

We plan to take apart the hollow backbone.  

Hardware is removed - beautiful bronze cleats Buckhout created in Poughkeepsie.
Bronze mast step is already removed - note the light patch at Doc's elbow.

Removing oak bungs to get at bronze screws underneath. 

Some screws came out easily, others not so much...

Nose of the backbone. 

Thanks to club member Jim Kricker for allowing us to use his well appointed wood shop!
See previous restoration posts from 2 years ago HERE.                  More to follow....

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Original! First medal awarded for Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant Race recently rediscovered.

What a treat! At the recent annual meeting of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, Rick Lawrence brought along this medal he had found in a drawer among his mom's things. 
This is the original medal awarded to ice yacht Phantom after it won the very first race for the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America, on March 5, 1881. Irving Grinnell created the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America in 1875, to signify fastest yacht on ice.  A detailed history of the IYCPA can be found here.    The 30 foot long silk pennant was to ice yachting as America's Cup was to soft water racers (then and now). The pennant went to the victor until the next race. What winning skippers got to keep were these  custom silver medals.   

This medal has been in the Lawrence family for many years and somewhat forgotten for awhile. Rick noted that he knew of it but hadn't seen it for awhile until he came upon it this year. Rick's late father,  Bob Lawrence, received the medal from Captain Frank Drake, an experienced ice yacht racer who  won the IYCPA in 1922.   Drake likely acquired this original IYCPA medal from someone in the New Hamburgh Ice Yacht Club (founded by Grinnell and of which Drake was a long time member), as he was the bearer of the Pennant from the 20s through the 50s. The elder Drake befriended the young Bob Lawrence and at some point the medal came into Bob's possession.  Great to see that it is in good hands still. An amazing piece of ice yachting history!