- Schooner Black Douglas
The "Black Douglas" (later "teQuest", "Aquarius", "Aquarius W"; now "El Boughaz I") is a three-masted
staysailauxiliary schoonerbuilt for Robert C. Roebling (great-grandson of John A. Roeblingand grand-nephew of Washington Roebling) at the Bath Iron Worksof Bath, Maine, and launched on June 9, 1930. Designed by renowned New Yorknaval architects H.J. Gielow & Co., she is one of the largest steel-hulled schooners ever built.
shipundertook a variety of functions during her first three and a half decades: private yachtfor the Roebling family, patrol vessel in United States Navyservice during World War II(as a "patrol yacht – coastal"; PYc-45), and research vesselfor the United States Fish and Wildlife Serviceplying the Pacificfrom Alaskato Baja California.
She was bought at auction by Louis Black of
Santa Monica, California, to be used as a treasure-hunting ship in the Caribbean; due to changes in the salvage laws this enterprise never materialized. From the mid-1960s she ran airplane parts around the Bahamas(until the owners went broke), and ended up moored at an outer island in the Turks and Caicos, being used as a floating electrical generator. Capt. George Stoll found her there and turned her into a second Flint School school ship. The school closed in 1981 and she was sold, and in 1982–1983 was reconditoned at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyardin Lemwerder, Germany, serving as a template for the first generation of super yachts. She is currently owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
She was launched with a 325-hp Cooper-Bessemer marine
diesel engine, later replaced by a 400-hp model from San Francisco's Enterprise Engine & Foundry Company. She now is equipped with twin 290-hp Volvo Pentas. She has flown the flags of the United States, Panama, the Cayman Islands, the United Kingdom, and Morocco(current).
Dimensions: LOA, 175 feet; draft, 12.5 feet; beam, 32 feet.
* "As smooth...under power as sail"; Cooper-Bessemer advertisement w/ photo ("Yachting", May 1930).
* "'Black Douglas' Runs Into Trouble" ("Savannah Morning News",  ).
* "»Quite normal pupils«...nur ganz billig ist für sie die schwimmende Schule nicht" ("Kieler Chronik", October 4, 1974).
* "Jovens americanos gostaram de ver brasileiro sempre sorrindo" ("A Província do Pará", April 15, 1975).
* "Bermuda Gets an Early Taste of Tall Ship Fever" ("Royal Gazette", May 27, 1976).
* Cover photo ("The Bermudian", August 1976).
* "Eine komplette höhere Schule kam unter Schonersegeln nach Lübeck" ("Lübecker Nachrichten", October 28, 1977).
* "Probing the Oceans 1936–1976" (San Diego: Tofua Press, 1978).
* "Les Antilles aujourd'hui" (Paris: Éditions JA, 1979).
* "Beken of Cowes: A Century of Tall Ships" (London: Harrap, 1985).
* "Alternate Destination: Cádiz" ("SAIL", October 1987).
* "Aquarius, a Yacht to Treasure" ("Financial Times", December 30/31, 1989).
* Painting (for October 2000) in the "Professional Yachtsman’s Calendar" (Bungay, Suffolk: Colin Squire Publishing, 1999).
* S/Y "Aquarius" sales brochure (Ft. Lauderdale: Fraser Yachts Worldwide, 2002).
* "Ban bèk – Barku di bella" ("Èxtra Boneiru", August 8, 2006).
* [http://www.skio.peachnet.edu/aboutus/history/bdouglas/bd.php Skidaway Institute of Oceanography's definitive "Black Douglas" history]
* [http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/HistoryOfShips Flint School alumnus Palmer Stevens' running history]
* [http://www.fws.gov/news/historic/1947/19470528.pdf Department of the Interior press release, 1947]
* [http://www.fws.gov/news/historic/1949/19491020.pdf Department of the Interior press release, 1949]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/b6/black-douglas-i.htm Résumé of wartime service]
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