Monday, April 25, 2005

What's in a name?

Boat names
Originally uploaded by Southworth Sailor.
They say that it is bad luck to name your boat after a sunken vessel, but I think the curse only lasts a hundred years. So I have decided to name my two boats after two schooners that were plundered and sunk by Indians off Southworth Point in 1859. According to Stephen E. Hilson in Exploring Puget Sound and British Columbia, these ships were sunk about a hundred yards from where I moor my boats each summer. I have chosen the 'Blue Wing' name for my smaller Venture 17, and the 'Ellen Maria' for my larger vessel, a Venture Newport 23. I really like the name 'Ellen Maria' because my sister's name is Ellen Marie, and Maria is a good boat sounding name. Thanks, Bjorn for the idea of this nomenclature. Anyway, I finished painting the bottom paint this evening and Bjorn wants to launch it tomorrow evening. Tide and weather should be cooperative.

1 comment:

Southworth Sailor said...

I forgot about your middle name. No wonder it sounded so familiar. That is awesome! I'll have to update the blog to point that out.