The Launch of the Columbia
A sort of amazing thing happened recently in Florida. A replica of the famous schooner Columbia was christened and launched in Panama City. The original Columbia was built in my hometown of Essex, Ma which was once a great center of shipbuilding, but now is a small town known for antiques and fried clams.
The original Columbia was built in 1923 at Story Shipyard, which, amazingly, is still alive today, the last of the many Essex shipyards. The Columbia went down in 1927 off of Sable Island. All crew were lost.
The new Columbia is made of steel and has a propeller, both pretty significant improvements, but other than that it’s pretty much the same, apparently, right down the classic black and red paint job of the era. Read more about he launch here.