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Elusive ALDEN ZEPHYRS

CaravelaofExe

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Jan 24, 2006
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Alden Caravelle 42 / Northern European waters
During the life of my “Alden Fiberglass Boats" List post, the following Alden Zephyrs have remained elusive. Anyone know of their status/ fate etc?

(Original name underlined)


959A (1961) Halmatic /Field sloop, IRONDEQUOIT III (ex TADPOLE). Originally commissioned by Edmund S. Kelley Jr. Duxbury, MA.

[UPDATE January 6, 2014: 959A has checked in - DIANA since 1982 - see the updated listing here.]

[UPDATE March 2, 2016: 959A has checked in again - MILLIE JO for past two years - see post below (17 Feb. 2016), and the updated listing here.]


959B (1961) Halmatic/Halmatic-Field sloop, MAVEN (ex FANNY, ex ZEPHYR). Originally commissioned by William C. Gillick, Niagara Falls, NY.

[UPDATE December 29, 2016: The owner of 959B has checked in. Still MAVEN. For sale at Easton, MD. See the updated listing here.]



959D (1961) Halmatic/Derecktor yawl, SERENDIPITY. Originally commissioned by O.S. Wyatt, Jr. Corpus Christi, TX.


959E (1961) Halmatic/Halmatic-Field sloop, ZEPHYR. Originally commissioned by H. Clinton Davis, Miami, FL.


959H (1962) Halmatic/Molich sloop, VANITY. Originally commissioned by Kai Nielsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


959J (1962) Halmatic/possibly Field sloop, BLACK MAGIC. Originally commissioned by Niels A. Skov, Paris, France (But port: Kalundborg, Denmark).

[UPDATE March 13, 2014: Note Shawn Buckley's post below, 4th February, suggesting that BLACK MAGIC was in Tahiti (in the 70s?)


959K (1963) Halmatic/Halmatic-Field sloop, FELICITY (ex BANDITO, ex ISTAR, ex WAHOO). Originally commissioned by Wallace H. Cole, Jr. St. Louis, MO.
 
Feb 3, 2014
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Back in the mid-Sixties I crewed on the Black Magic, an Alden Zephyr berthed in the Oceanside, CA marina. The boat was owned by my boss, Bill Larkin of Tustin, CA. The boat had a black hull. I think Bill named the boat after a popular song of the day that was his favorite.
I met up with Bill again in the early Eighties, now in Newport Beach CA. I asked him whatever had happened to the Black Magic. By now, he and Joan (??) had divorced and she got the boat as part of the separation. He said she sailed it to Tahiti and that was the last he had heard of it.
Anybody hear any more of it?
Shawn Buckley
 
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TomY

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Jun 22, 2004
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Alden 38' Challenger yawl Rockport Harbor
Wow! BLACK MAGIC has some stories to tell. Paris/Denmark, California, Tahiti. I'd like to know where it is too. Thanks for the update info, Shawn.
 
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CaravelaofExe

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Jan 24, 2006
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Alden Caravelle 42 / Northern European waters
Thanks for your interesting contribution Shawn - the only one in all four classes thus far!
[Edit March 14, 2014: I tell a lie - 959A checked in earlier as DIANA - see above.]

I wonder if she ever returned from the pacific?

Re Paris - Denmark, Tom: if Niels A. Skov is the Niels A. Skov I think he is/was (or maybe it's want him to be!), then it's a very interesting story. Fought in the Danish Resistance in WW2; joined the US Army on liberation; settled in USA and became a very successful business man. Wrote his memoirs late in life, in two volumes, published in both Danish and English. I'll come back with the bibliographics...
 
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Apr 22, 2014
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I am the current "caretaker" for Zephyr 959A, most recently Diana, now MillieJo, for the last 2 years. She was very well cared for by the prior owner of 30 years.
Sailing out of the corner of the upper Mobjack and Chesapeake.
Nathan Beck
 
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CaravelaofExe

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Jan 24, 2006
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Alden Caravelle 42 / Northern European waters
Many thanks for checking in, Nathan. Details for 959A updated at the fleet listing: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=169

Do you have any links to up to date photos, or are you prepared to upload a photo here?

Fair winds to the Millie Jo!
 
Feb 23, 2018
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Catalina 22 Capri Munchkin Oceanside
Hi there,
Not sure how active this thread still is, but it was my grandmother, Peggy Larkin, who owned and sailed the Alden Zephyr, the Black Magic, from Oceanside, CA across the South Pacific. She was an adventurous woman who sailed all over the Pacific with the Black Magic. Unfortunately, I never met my grandmother as she passed away shortly after I was born in the mid 90's, so I too am hoping to find out what happened with the boat and where it may have ended up today. Hoping to find and collect more information from those within the Alden Zephyr community as I go along, and hopefully I'll find something!
 
Feb 23, 2018
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Catalina 22 Capri Munchkin Oceanside
Hi Will, thanks for joining the hunt! Wow! the Orca sure does look like it, and so close too! I wonder...?

I have some photos here of my grandmother and the Black Magic (bear with me, they aren't in the best shape) I'll see if I can't find more photos. I did find what I believe is the original ad listing that my grandparents bought the boat in 1965 (?), so it has some neat info! It is indeed a sloop. I'm hoping to find documentation of when she sold it. I know she sold the boat sometime in the 80's in Fiji.

I tried reaching out to the U.S. coast guard to look it up by the vessel ID number shown in "Scan (2)" attached (CF 5931 CG), but no luck. Unfortunately, they didn't recognize the tag, so I'm wondering if that's a state-issued ID. (I apologize in advance, this isn't my field of expertise!) She was also a member of the Oceanside Yacht Club in the 70's, so I've been trying to see what info they might have.

Hopefully, someone has seen it or knows its whereabouts -- I haven't given up hope yet!

-Richard Larkin McLay
 

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