Coastal Nostalgia Archives - West Wind Hardwood

Dorothy Sloop Gets Recognized

The rebuild of the 1897 classic sloop Dorothy by Robert Lawson and the Maritime Museum of BC is getting its long-overdue recognition with articles in the February publications of Wooden Boat and Classic Boat!

To top it off the boat has been nominated in the Classic Boat awards for Best Restoration Under 40 ft among 8 other nominees. Anyone can vote, and one vote per email address!

Vote For Dorothy:

Robert also sent us photos of a 13 ft skiff built between 1920 and 1940 by D T Jones which John Marston donated specifically to be Dorothy’s skiff. Dorothy’s original skiff was built by T C Jones in 1895, all that remains is its original backboard.

Coastal Nostalgia – TOADSTOOL

Coastal Nostalgia – TOADSTOOL

“Toadstool” is a very special schooner. Drawn and built by Bill Garden (shown above) as his personal yacht built in 1975. Check out Woodenboat magazine Jan-Feb 2017 page 50. She is also featured in William Garden’s book “Yacht Designs”.

Toadstool has been on the docks at the Center for Wooden Boats for over a year… for sale.  We are told she is suffering neglect.

She needs a good home.  No one likes to see a beautiful classic fail.

As well, if you have interest in 40’ Rainbird, let us know.  She may need a benefactor soon too. Rainbird was a man’s boat, all-natural Western red cedar and rubbed raw teak inside.  Her cabin was traditionally furnished, dimly lit through narrow ports.  She has a deeply satisfying dark bachelor’s burrow.  Think Mole’s End in The Wind in the Willows.

Coastal Nostalgia – Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Then 1916) and Now (2021)

Jan and I have boated twice to Princess Louisa Marine Park, and the surrounding scenery has not changed in over 100 years.  Remotely beautiful, one is surrounded by 40+ waterfalls.

The famous Malibu Lodge/Club – overlooking Malibu Rapids at the entrance to Princess Louisa Inlet and Marine Park – opened in July 1941, but its operations were suspended until the end of World War II in 1945. From that point until 1950, the facility was open as a premium resort. Visitors included John Wayne, Senator John F. Kennedy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope.

Photos by Shelley Nielsen – June 2021

Coastal Nostalgia: Polar Bear Schooner

“The year of 1913 will stand out for a long in the record of my photographic achievements,” says author and photographer, Will E. Hudson. He was called up by Capt. Louis Lane of the power schooner Polar Bear with plans to take a scientific and hunting party north; a wonderful chance for a moving picture man.

The Polar Bear is a husky little ship, being 76 ft. in length on the waterline, 20 ft. beam with a modified knock-type 75 hp Frisco Standard engine.