1930 Boeing Aircraft – Ex Canadian Fisheries Clupea Sold by EYS
Built by Boeing Aircraft Company Shipyard – Vancouver, BC
Clupea is an elegant yacht. Built for severe service on Canada’s west coast and refitted as a yacht by loving owners. Classic lines, strong hull, reliable power and carefully kept, she is now available and ready for the next eighty years of duty.
Built by the Boeing Aircraft Company Shipyard in Vancouver, Canada in 1929. One of five vessels built for the Canadian Government as Fisheries Patrol Boats to a design by J. Allan. She served from 1930 to 1959 on the western coast of Canada. Amazingly in her 30-years of service she had the same skipper, engineer & mate.
Clupea is the genus name for the Pacific Herring, one of the species she protected.
The shipwrights at Boeing selected straight grained Douglas Fir for her hull & deck planking. Research was conducted and they found the densest wood on the slopes of Washington’s Mount St. Helens. Strong White Oak was used for her frames.
In 1959 she was decommissioned, engine and most loose gear removed, then sold at auction for $10 to Doc Freeman of Seattle. Doc owned the Fremont Boat Co., and began her conversion from workboat to pleasure craft.
In July of 1961 she found her new master; Mr. George Hill purchased Clupea and cruised her extensively until 1974. She visited her home waters of British Columbia and made several trips to Alaska. In this time he repowered her with the amazing Caterpillar D-8800 diesel engine which he located forward, just aft of the pilothouse. The new space aft of the engine became a beautiful salon with a raised coach roof.
Joe DaPron purchased the former patrol boat from the Hill family in 1977. In 1984 after their annual summer cruise he set about improving her arrangement. Originally galley forward, he moved it aft of the salon making a comfortable living space. The Foc’sle became a private master stateroom. A new modern head and shower were installed aft. The workmanship was proper, with an eye towards tradition. Her hull was refastened and systems perfected, she was re-commissioned in the late 1980’s and began revisiting her old cruising grounds on the BC Coast and Alaska. She also ventured south to Mexico.
The current owner has kept Clupea in the same tradition and with the same affection that George and Joe bestowed upon her. He has modernized her electrical system, electronics and plumbing with current technology while maintain her timeless appearance.
Her long waterline and full keel, mated with a large displacement slow turning diesel are thoroughly modern, this is the future of expedition cruising. Mr. Allan’s design is timeless in that it provides a low consumption and extreme range. It is truly about the journey.
Call Steve Scruggs, CPYB anytime at 206-321-2164 and let’s go visit Clupea at Shilshole Marina in Seattle, WA.