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Old 26-10-2013, 22:02   #1
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Black Dolphin

We recently purchased "Black Dolphin" (aka "Island Girl"), a 40' LOD Hugh Angelman-designed gaff-rigged diesel auxiliary cruising ketch built in 1944 by R.C. Ricketts (according to the Coast Guard documentation although there is some controversy about whether the hull was built at the Wilmington Boat Works [WILBO] before the war).

We are shipping the boat to Hong Kong for use in our international school's educational programs. We purchased the boat from the previous owner who kept it in a marina near Terminal Island in Long Beach.

We would very much like to learn more about her. For instance, for whom was she built? Was the hull built at WILBO? Who was R.C. Ricketts? We've been told the design was designated "A40" by Angelman. Is that true? I've only been able to find one other example of the design which is also located in Southern California, the Resolute. Are their others still afloat? Are there pictures out there of Black Dolphin in her youth?

If you have any information you can share with us about Black Dolphin we would be very appreciative. We're excited about acquiring the boat and are looking forward to her arrival in Hong Kong early next year.

I've posted a similar inquiry on the Wooden Boat forums that has provided some useful information. I hope this posting will find someone familiar with our boat or other Angelman A-40s.
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Old 27-10-2013, 06:19   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, cblurton.

Evidently, a 34.1 ft. “Black Dolphin” was built (by R.C. Rickets) in 1944, for Henry Goldstone, of Los Angeles.
http://yachtingjournal.com/directory/boat/black-dolphin
http://www.boatinfoworld.com/registration.asp?vn=281968
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Old 27-10-2013, 08:54   #3
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Re: Black Dolphin

I bought the boat from Mr. Goldstone. He bought it from a Mr. Wave, who apparently was the 3rd or 4th owner of Black Dolphin (aka Island Girl). The length given, 34', is LWL. On deck she's 40' and overall, including bowsprit, she's about 50'.

I've just read a copy of #147 of Wooden Boat that has an article about Hugh Angelman and mentions Resolute, Black Dolphin's sistership, and says others were built but only names one - Caribbean Belle.

So the mystery remains as to when and where Black Dolphin was built, who R.C. Ricketts was, and whether there are any others of her kind still sailing.

Any information would be most welcomed.
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Old 27-10-2013, 08:59   #4
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Re: Black Dolphin

I don't have any helpful information, but I'm sure that all here on the forum would love to see a picture of her. . . . Might even jog a memory or two.
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Old 27-10-2013, 17:20   #5
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There is a picture of Black Dolphin on the school's website "THS Dock". Hope someone knows more about her or knows of another sistership. There are many pictures of her sistership Resolute online here.
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Re: Black Dolphin

I always thought it was Hugh Angleman, not Angelman, but I don't guarantee it.
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Re: Black Dolphin

Looks like for a while she belonged to Bill and Marion Rumsey and was one of the founding six of the SSCA. There are a few odd and ends about the boat on the SSCA site:

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Old 27-10-2013, 23:39   #8
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I always thought it was Hugh Angleman, not Angelman, but I don't guarantee it.
It's Angelman. Or at least that's how it is spelled in the article titled, "The Grand Old Man of Pacific Yachting: The Enduring West Coast Legacy of Hugh Angelman" that starts on page 78 of Wooden Boat Magazine #147 March/April 1999. But I've found information about him and his boats using Google spelling it both ways!
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Looks like for a while she belonged to Bill and Marion Rumsey and was one of the founding six of the SSCA. There are a few odd and ends about the boat on the SSCA site:

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This is a great lead. I've joined SSCA and hope to find more information from that organization. Thanks!
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