One of the participants of the 25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival has been hauled out at the Rock Neck Marine Railways for maintenance including a new coat of paint.
Originally built in 1947 under the name Deo Volente I with the fleet number of TX 11, Unicorn's hull was crafted from the metals of captured German U-boats salvaged after World War II. The Dutch-built motor fishing vessel with its locomotive style 1500 horsepower diesel engine trawled the North Atlantic's fishing grounds for 32 years.
When her fishing days were over, she was acquired by a Dutch skipper and his wife, Pieter and Agnes Kaptein of Hoorn. By 1979 she had been converted into a sailing ship and renamed Eenhorn or “one horn”, Dutch for Unicorn.
In the fall of 1999, the vessel was acquired by its current owners, Dawn and Jonathan (Jay) Santamaria of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Along with their four daughters, they have continued to promote the preservation of traditional maritime life through tall ship festivals, community involvement and sail training programs. In December of 2003, the schooner completed a bow to stern refit that took the ship down to its steel ribs, and has been rechristened with her original schooner name, Unicorn. In the summer of 2005, Unicorn was granted a Jones Act Waiver to become a United States registered vessel and she proudly flies the American flag off her stern.
Doug Parsons working on the "Unicorn"!
Doug rolling it on!
Working under the hull!
Up on the "Ways"!
Looking over the hull!
Chocked for work!
Bowsprit looms overhead!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!