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Hurricane Harvey blasted Port Aransas but unbelievably the Farley Boat works and the Texas Scow Schooner project looks untouched. These two historic gems reach deep into the roots of Port Aransas to make you appreciate how difficult it was to build a thriving town on this spot. I’ll give you more background on the Farley Boat Works next week. This week, it is all about the replica Texas Scow Schooner named The Lydia Ann, which was to be completed and ready to sail by the end of the year. With Harvey’s visit, who knows when she will hit the water.
Boat survived but boat builder’s not so lucky
Even though the schooner survived, I drove by the house of the man who is leading the project to bring her back to life and my stomach dropped. The beach house where friends and I visited Dan Pecore months earlier to learn his background and the schooner’s history now looked like those long-abandoned adobe dwellings you see in Terlingua. No roof or windows, just exterior and interior walls. Even more worrisome, I haven’t been able to contact Dan but I’m hopeful a passion this strong will overcome one little hurricane.
A Beautiful Texas Butthead
Dan finds every inch and curve of the Texas scow schooner a thing of beauty – perfectly proportioned and shaped for her function. But when I first saw it, I thought it was kind of small and squatty. Someone had called her a “Texas Butthead” and that description really fit. [Read more…]