Splicing up a new main brace
timenoguy and setting it up in the
rig. Notice the brass "star" on the
block - a touch of BALCLUTHA
Both above and below deck, the ELISSA is a
beautiful vessel, with teak and birds eye
maple in abundance ~ along with that canny
and beautiful Scottish shipbuilding aesthetic
as shown in the beautiful "Aberdeen" hollow
bow of hers.
Karl Kortum at the wheel of ELISSA. Karl had sailed around the Horn on the last American
square rigger to haul cargo, the Barque KAIULANI,ex Star of FINLAND in 1941. They were
underway when Pearl Harbor was bombed.
From the NY Times:
Mr. Kortum's love of ships and the sea dated from his 1941 passage in the Barque KAIULANI
from Gray's Harbor, Wash., east around both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope to
Durban, South Africa, and Hobart, Tasmania. The voyage, on which Mr. Kortum served as
acting mate, was the last for an American merchant ship under sail.
I really looked forward to the
annual series of day sails -
especially after being told that one
of my mentors, Karl Kortum, was
to be a special guest
Serving up a new footrope after having
spliced it in the rigging loft.
As extras during the filing of "Pancho
Barnes". Quite a bit different than my
filming experience on the BOUNTY in
During the 1988 day sails, we carried
away the main royal yard. It sounded
like a shotgun when it sprung. The
only thing holding it together was the
jackstay and oak batten/gate.
Sending the sprung/broken main
royal to deck.
length on deck 152'
length overall 205'
Hull Material Iron
gross tonnage 411 Tons
draft 10' 6"
Sails 19 sails - 12,000 sq.
Standing 2.5 miles of wire rope
Running 174 lines @ 4.5 miles
Jamie White became director of 1877
barque ELISSA and the Texas Seaport
Museum on October 1, 2010 after serving
as master rigger and historic ships rigging
supervisor at San Francisco Maritime
National Historical Park. Jamie planned
and led the over $2.5 million second
restoration of ELISSA’s hull and decking
in 2012-13 as a result of damage form