Zorro, Lost in Space and the Third Reich

Oceana is a boat with an amazing provenance and history:

 

She was built in Holland in 1938, That fact in and of itself is pretty amazing. She was one of the last private vessels to be produced by Dutch for the next decade, certainly one of the last steel boats of the era.

She was constructed of the same steel that was being used to build the infamous U-Boats in the build-up to the war. And Hitler annexed Holland  in May of 1940, just eight months after the outbreak of the war.

Guy Williams as "Zorro"

It’s not known how/when she came to America, but in the late 50′s she was purchased by Guy Williams, famous for his starring role in the “Zorro” Television Series.

 

Mr. Williams later went on to star in “Lost in Space” “Sinbad” and “Bonanza”  Sailing was a passion of Mr. Williams, and indeed, Oceana is mentioned in several bios about him including IMDB and Wikipedia.

Mr. Williams kept her moored in San Pedro, and often took his family as well as celebrities out sailing. Guy Williams Jr. fondly remembers sailing on Oceana with more than a few celebrities, as well as “Uncle Walt” and his Brother Roy (Disney).  I like to think that perhaps Oceana played a roll in starting Roy’s son Roy E. Disney’s formidable sailing career.  If there’s Royalty in Sailing circles those are the Crown Princes.

 

The previous owner circumnavigated her around the globe, twice.

It’s truly Awe inspiring to think of the history this vessel has been a part of and the wonders she’s already seen, if I can add a tiny bit to that tradition I will consider myself privileged indeed.

 

Recent Posts

Headway at last

Once again I’ve been quite remiss in posting updates because I’ve actually had a few very productive days!

The big update was that Oceana got relocated 100 Yards over to the crane and we pulled both of the masts and the engine out of the boat

 

However it seems that during the great 4TB hard drive crash/new laptop/new laptop with dead hard drive/installing a Drobo fileserver debacle of 2014 those pictures are the ones that are lost :(

 

But since then I’ve also removed the binnacle which involved cutting off the nuts which I a a little freaking out about because the bolts are big and kinda unique so I “HOPE” I can replace them  :)

And then I started cutting into the leaking disaster that was the left side of the cockpit:

Tada!  I messed up a bit because I was going to leave the middle seam un-welded and cut out  a spot for the hatch there but once I started welding I was having so much fun I forgot :)

 

 

 

  1. Bit of progress Leave a reply
  2. Time suckage Leave a reply
  3. The Lump Leave a reply
  4. In case you were wonderin… YEP! Leave a reply
  5. Shroomin! Leave a reply
  6. Here Comes the Boom! Leave a reply
  7. pick pick pick Squirt Gush Ack! Leave a reply
  8. But but but… it’s just not sparklie enough!!!! Leave a reply
  9. Today I was a bad, bad boy!! Leave a reply