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.