We are looking for any information on Diamond Bottom catboats built and raced in Pascagoula in the 1950s. Mr Olson (sp?) was one builder who worked at Mike Flecha's shipyard. We know of several that were built ROSE, VAGABOND, REBEL, DRIFTWOOD, MOONLIGHT, TROUBLE and BLACK CAT. By description the bottom was cross planked and the sheer planked lengthwise, with only 6 inches or so of sheer. Hull from cypress. Frames and spars longleaf pine. Centerboard with a barn door rudder.
Possible that this is a similar design from the 1870s, lines drawn by Chapelle in 1953 from a half model at the Newport Yacht Club.
05 Aug 17:
Chapelle's lines of the 1870s diamond bottom catboat arrived from the Smithsonian today.
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