TeQuest

3 masted staysail topsail schooner

loa 173'

beam 32'

draft 12'1/2,

(aprox 10,500 ft sail)

History: Built in Bath Iron Works, Maine in 1930 for about $265,000 as a luxury yatch for the Roebling family (Famous Brooklyn Bridge Builder and inventor of wire rope/cable). (Bath Maritime Museum has original plans, contract and construction photos.) The U.S. Navy used her for a Pacific costal patrol during WWII. The U.S. Navy outfitted her with a large deck house, guns, Enterprise Diesel (6 cyl, 600 RPM, 600HP used until 1982) and the Navy removed her masts. After the war, she cruised and ran aircraft parts around the Bahamas, mostly. Around 1965 her owners went bankrupt leaving her docked at someone's private island home in the Turks as a electric plant where she deteriorated badly. Geroge and Jim Stoll bought her in 1971 and took her to Fort Lauderdale and Holland for extensive restoration into on of the Flint School's ships see above (1979). In 1981 the school closed an she was sold privately to some wealthy Europeans and was totally rebuilt as the luxury yatch Aquarius sailing around the globe through at least 1998. Jim Stoll has a new schooner and school and knows much more about Aquarius at www.argoacademy.com/ (I earned 2 engine room bo'suns after 4 years aboard her in 1980.- P.K. Stevens Oct .99 palmer.stevens@enterpriseintegrators.com)

Flint school owned ship in'74-'81, I was there 3 yearsTeVega (you say 1905, i thought 1930, but Kiel is right)steel hull,

Antony Lineberger

wolf66@earthlink.net

I spent 3 years at the Flint School. The ship if memory servers me correctly was built as the Black Douglas by the Son of the Man who built the Brooklyn Bridge  The Flint School closed in 81 the ship was sold. We took the ship to Abaking and Rassmusen (not sure of spelling) and the ship was gutted and rebuilt as the AquarisW I believe. Chris Reagor  creagor@ix.netcom.com

http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/HistoryOfShips/Aquarius/Aquarius.htm

Aquarius       (formerly the Black Douglas or teQuest)

In the early 1980's, when the Flint School closed, some wealthy European(s) were wanted to build a beautiful schooner yatch of a by-gone era.  They couldn't find anyone alive who knew too much about designing these types of ships, so they bought teQuest for her shell and rebuilt her as the Aquirius utilizing Jim Stoll's expertise and my survey.  Jim Stoll says their is not much more than the ribs and keel that are original.  Given this lavish rebuild and modern expoy paints, Aquarius could very well out-live us. for pictures and more Information check  Palmer .K. Stevens fine web site at

 http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/HistoryOfShips/Aquarius/Aquarius.htm

http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/HistoryOfShips/

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