Saturday, September 14, 2013

NC Sharpie Schooner

I am not sure how I acquired these 1953 construction drawings for a North Carolina Oyster Sharpie Schooner, but thought it would be fun to share them with our readers.

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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    "...taken off near Sea Level, NC..."

    Interesting language. Any idea what "taken off" means? It ALMOST seems to imply that someone FOUND the vessel, which certainly would seem to be unlikely.

    I share Anon 10:02's opinion re. yesterday's post: "We benefit much from your smart phone" and from your generosity in sharing such tidbits with your eager readers.

    As always, keep 'em coming, please and thank you.


    1. I had the same question: What does "taken off" mean? Maybe one of our readers knows.

  2. Anonymous7:29 AM

    "Taken Off" means that the measurements used to make the plan are directly from a this case, an abandoned vessel located near Sea Level, NC. The term is somewhat archaic. I have seen similar notations on historic ship plans. Some plans have "taken from..." or "acquired from..." This plan, which I used to build my sharpie model, was drawn by Howard Chapelle-who worked at the Smithsonian. The vessel was later identified as the CHASE which was built in Morehead City in 1910. Fair Winds, Jim Goodwin

    1. Jim, many thanks for the information.

  3. Anyone know where one can get a copy of these plans?

  4. Anonymous7:52 PM

    Table of offsets for Chase are in Howard Chapelle's American Small Sailing Craft.