by Peter Watson
(Comox, BC Canada)
A blustery start to the Swiftsure yacht race.
She was built in Frederkshavn Denmark back in 1903 as a fishing cutter.
The ship fished till 1935 then was conscripted into the Danish Navy.
I bought her from the Navy in 1978.
After returning to Vancouver island in 1979 I started on a intense, time consuming ,costly adventure to rebuild her.
In 1986 we set sail for the Caribbean where a couple of years were spent chartering out of Jamaica. She returned to BC in 1988
I removed the new interior and installed a insulated ,fiberglass fish hold and put her to work as a commercial salmon fish packer.
She worked for her keep till 2003, when she turned 100 years old.
I retired her from fishing and started to remove the fish hold.
A new interior was started in 2004 and completed in 2008.
PROVIDENCE is in need of more major work, I seem to have reached a time in life where muscles and joints creak and groan with pain.
She now sits in Comox BC awaiting someone with the funds and enthusiasm to continue the many jobs to be done to keep her viable as a seagoing ship.
if there are any dreamers and do'ers left out there, a fine and worthy project lies awaiting your capable hands.
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