to see this thread resurface. I visited the wreck way back when, and never did learn the final fate of the hull
. BUT . . . several months ago I was reading a cruising memoir called "Gentlemen Never Sail to Weather" by Denton Rickey Moore, a newbie sailor who wound up circumnavigating (1981-1983) in a big Concordia yawl. When they were in Tahiti
, he writes this:
"Papeete was a great place to meet people. While I was in the hospital, Velda brought two visitors, red-headed Tom Lemm, and his partner D.L. Benton. They were co-owners of the steel
pinky schooner Le Papillon
, which they had built in Baltimore
. D.L., as she is known, did the rigging
, while Tom did the welding."
So, damn -- that boat had seen the world!
Hanster -- is your dad Tom Lemm, or did your dad buy the boat from Tom later?