I think the "Tiki" was responsible for my addition to boats. She was huge - 85 ' Here's a little from a Google
Information received says that the "Tiki " was built at Wollongong on the Southern coast of New South Wales (Australia) prior to 1920 . It was owned by a Mr Bob Morris for many years and was, apparently, moored at Birkenhead Marina in Sydney
Harbour in the late 1980s. The schooner was bought buy a young couple who took it to the Mediterranean
where it still is as far as we know.
To the best of this knowledge , the boat
was always called the "Tiki". (Thanks Bob and Bruce for these infos!)
October 2004: I received news from a webviewer who got information from a book "John G. Alden and His Yacht Designs" by Robert W. Carrick & Richard Henderson.
Alden is a famous yacht designer
notably of schooners. Pilgrim was designed & built by Alden in 1932.
In 1934, the schooner finished a 40,000 mile voyage which appeared in the August 1937 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Pilgrim was later named Tiki & starred in Adventures in Paradise.
In 1976, the yacht was owned by the "Seven Seas Sailing Club of New York" and sailed in Operation Sail for the Bicentennial of Declaration of Independance.