Monday, June 05, 2006


Rebuilt schooner returns to San Francisco


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
June 04, 2006

An aging schooner in San Francisco that has withstood a shipwreck and dry rot soon will be ready for its next mission: tourist attraction.

The 111-year-old sailing schooner C.A. Thayer has been rebuilt from the keel up. The project, which cost between $12 million and $15 million and has taken two years, is one of the largest and most complicated restoration jobs on a wooden vessel in U.S. history. The 219-foot Thayer will return to the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco this summer.

"She is almost like a new ship," says William Elliott, general manager of Bay Ship and Yacht Co., the contractor handling the restoration.

The Thayer is the last of roughly 200 wooden wind-powered schooners that hauled lumber on the West Coast. The Thayer carried some of the lumber that rebuilt San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. It was retired roughly a half-century ago and started to fail in the 1980s while it was being used to teach children about sailing.


This article incorrectly states that the Thayer is the last of the last of the lumber schooners. It is not true. The Thayer is one of two remaining schooners, the other being the schooner Wawona, now at South Lake Union Park in Seattle.
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