LE PAPILLON: Extracted from the Beach

Schooner Papillon removed from beach

The Tom Colvin schooner on which I blogged earlier, which purportedly was wrecked by its owner’s son after he borrowed it without permission, was removed from the beach at Fire Island last week. The skinny at Saltaire38 has it that the owner gave the guys who took it out some cash plus the boat for their trouble. They hoped to sell it, but damaged the hull with their bulldozer. Locals now are guessing it will be cut up and removed from the island in pieces.

Schooner Papillon removed from a beach

Schooner Papillon removed from beach

These photos I’ve posted are from a discussion forum at Northeast.com. There’s also a great gallery of photos by a fellow named Frank Marcus you can look at here.

Also, you can read a little more about the incident and see an aerial shot of the wreck at this Coast Guard Auxiliary publication here.

Tis a sad end to a great boat.


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1 Response
  1. ROSS

    Hi Kevin,
    As I recall you got off the schooner in Mauritius with the Scot. We continued and eventually reached the Caribbean. I worked in the USA for a bit, got married, and had a daughter, then we moved back to Australia. And yes, I did get my captains cert, as a Master 4 Square Rig.

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