A Look Back…

Safe travels, fair winds and speed to T, Eben and Oliver representing the NEIYA at the DN Worlds.  As of this morning the location has not been selected.  For updates check IDNIYRA Europe and I will call out any major updates on the right side of the home page as well.

People have ventured onto Cape ice as well as mid coast Maine and out on Long Island.  Check the Hotline and the CIBC for details.  Not the best but it is what we have. While we wait to venture out onto this or some soon to be discovered black ice of Shangri-La, let’s take a look backwards.

Thanks to Dave Wilkins for sending the vintage photos with retouching by Bill Converse.  They are thought to be taken on Damariscota circa 1930-40.  Can anyone from Maine authenticate?  They may have been originally done on glass plates.  Any photo historians out there?  flying_buttress_notre_dame

I know there are some architects and engineers amongst us who might disagree but these boats look to be at least inspired by the flying buttresses of Notre Dame or other grand old cathedrals.


Check out the sloop rigged boats with forward steering.  A forerunner to the modern Skeeter, perhaps?  Thoughts from old and newer sailors leave a comment below.


There are a literal who’s who of rigs lined up all in one place. Lateen, Gaff, sloops any others?

Lloyd Roberts is promoting his lateen rigged cheapskate and I understand plans will be published soon. Could we one day see a wonderful assortment of rigs on the ice once again?

Below is one upcoming event and some far from exhaustive additional info feel free to add your favorite historical ice yacht links in the comments.

Historical background Ice Yacht Presentation
Saturday March 1st 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ

Monmouth Museum Maine ice boat article

The Hudson River Ice Yacht Club trustees of the Jack Frost and other vintage stern steerers http://www.hriyc.org/

Remembering the legacy of our past,

John Stanton
NEIYA Secretary

One response

  1. Jason Komyathy

    Hi John,

    Just a heads up from the Hudson Valley. The Jack Frost is being setup on the Hudson River today, joining Vixen and a few other boats already there. The guys from NSIBYC are coming up with at least 4 A boats and there is a possibility they will bring Rocket as well. If so, not only will there be a nice variety of boats on the ice, but, as far as I know, it will also be the first time in many, many years that two 1st Class iceboats will be on the ice together. Access for visitors is from the post office in Barrytown, NY.



    02/26/2014 at 1:00 pm