Classic Yacht Papoose
wooden antique Motor Yacht, Gentleman's Cruiser, San Francisco 1930
Papoose classic motor yacht

This is a typical boat design of the period, the oldtimer motor yacht was lauched in San Francisco in 1930 as a custom built wooden boat to Californian nobleman Frank M. Ball, by boatbuilder Harold Fish & Company. It is a Raised Deck Express Cruiser style boat of the period with plumb bow and transom stern.
The boat was designed by Naval Architect George Wayland who worked for many famous boatyards including Edwin Monk, Stephens Brothers, Sparkman & Stephens etc. The original boat plans and drawings for - formerly named Skeeter 1930 - are laying in the Museum "San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park". To compare, here is a similar Stephens boat, designed by Wayland, the Northstar II, 1928Northstar II

During World War II, from 10/1943 to 04/1945 she was requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration, registered as boat YP-118. Yard Patrol boats, YP,s were mostly former privately owned vessels, yachts and fishing boats, which following Navy acquisition and outfitting, served during World War II and used mostly as Coastal Patrol Boats in the Pacific. YP,s commonly known a "Yippies" to sailors.

After the War the requisitioned boat was given back and had several different owners. In the 1960's and 70's the owner was the Hollywood Actor Denver Pyle with a STAR on the Walk of Fame, 7083 Hollywood Blvd, who played in hundreds of movies and TV Series with John Wayne, James Stewart, Paul Newman etc. in movies like Bonnie and Clyde, Maverick, Streets of San Francisco, Bonanza, Fury, Tammy, Dukes of Hazzard, Grizzly Adams etc., at that time the boat's name was VIDE III, berthed at Long Beach, Los Angeles.

Denver Pyle Walk of Fame Star Denver PyleDenver Pyle and his STAR
Now the boat is owned by an European collector,HarryHarry
Papoose is currently located in Venice (Venezia, Venedig), Italy (Italia, Italien).

In the 1950th an 60th the boat joined several 1,000 miles 'predicted log races' in the Pacific from Oregon to Mexico (a predicted log race is similar to a car rally, where you have to reach the target at an exact time - not later or earlier).

In the 1980th Papoose was moored at Pier 39 San Francisco, the foto shows the SF skyline from that period.

Classic Motor Yacht Papoose

Indian Woman With Papoose
Her present name PAPOOSE means: - Actually, the word “papoose” is Indian, and means an Indian baby. When they refer to their babies, the Indians will say “papoose”.

VIDE III classic yacht
orig. carving from the 1970's when the boat name was VIDE III

San Francisco skyline in 1980th with Papoose

The Papoose is recorded in the book Welcome Aboard, Inside The World's Great Classic Yachts by Matthew Walker, First Glance Books, 1998, as a member of The Classic Yacht Association
Welcome Aboard  Papoose Page
Welcome Aboard Papoose Book
The book
World War II U.S. Navy Vessels in Private Hands
by Greg H. Williams
published 2013 by McFarland, Jefferson NC
lists the boat Papoose as "Yard Patrol Boat" with the registration number YP-118
Williams WW II U.S. Navy Vessels

This is the little knotted "Papoose maskot bear" supposed to bring good luck and may there always be enough water beneath the keel of Papoose.

By the way: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat "Bill the Goat"
in the 1930th it was Bill VII and Bill VIII

knotted animal bear

Moving from San Francisco to Venice (Venezia)
She was moved by Truck to the Container Port Oakland, California, from there by Container Vessel through Panama Canal across Atlantic to Genoa, Italy, from there by Truck to Venice (Venezia), Italy

(on the right: loading Container Vessel in San Francisco)

Major Restore
Almost 15 month major restore in 2008 and 2009 in Venice (Venezia, Venedig), Italy.
o renew frames, floors and refastening; renew keelbolts and refasten
o remove, repair, clean and paint three tanks and renew and modernize all plumping from tanks to the motors
o lay ca. 30 sqm (330 sqft) new teakdeck
o caulk more than 300 m (900 feet) planks with cotton and modern sealing stuff
o install modern GPS, deepsounder, TV
o install modern Webasto airheating to all 6 rooms
o paint hull and underwater up to 6 layers
o built an overall cover for summer and winter
o renew steadysail and rigg
o and much more ... more restore fotos here

first hour in European Water after major restore, here the dock of the repair-boatyard in Venice
Technical Data
hull Port Orford Cedar planks on Magnolia frames
deck and superstructure and cabins solid teak
LOA 14,50 m (47")
Beam 3,68 m (12'1")
depth 1,30 m (4'3")
gross tonnage 23.80 G.R.T
net tonnage 10.86 N.T.
engines twin Chrysler Crown Marine, gasoline, 6.41 (six cylinder; 4.1 litre)
horsepower ca. 120 hp each
engines year built 1950s
engines year rebuilt 2007
tanks, gasoline three, with 1500 liter capacity (400 US gallons)
tanks, fresh water four
battery charger yes, modern automatic 40A
bilge pumps 4 automatic, 30.000 liters/hour (7000 US gallons)
power generator Honda, 220 V
rudders two
anchor windlass, electrical 1500 watt
heavy metal anchor
30 kg (66 pounds)
anchor chain, metal, 50m (165 feet)
100 kg (220 pounds)

two bathrooms with heads WC, one shower one electric, one manual WC
sleeping room one double, one single bed
saloon one sofa convertible to doublebed
wheelhouse/saloon one sofa
aft deck balkony space for table and 6 chairs
upper deck balkony space for table and 6 chairs
hot water engine yes
stove and oven propan gas
microwave yes
refrigerator yes, two
Electronic, Navigation  
GPS, color plotter yes
fishfinder, deep sounder yes
VHS DSC radio transm. yes
TV, DVD yes
Picture Show  

Any comments and suggestions to this old motor yacht welcome:
m a i l @ c l a s s i c - y a c h t . o r g
Papoose Classic Yacht

Reference of Fotos and Videos
All Fotos and Videos from Archive Edition Munich, GmbH
Foto Denver Pyle, from The Rifleman, U.S. Western Series 1958-63
Foto Indian Woman from 1910 Cigarette Card
Foto VIDE III from Ron Burson, former boat owner 
Foto Northstar II from Classic Yacht Associaton, Photo Album
Foto San Francisco from Joan De Aragon Wilson, former boat owner























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