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REKORD is the Flag Ship of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland, Maine.
Built in 1914 on West coast fjords of Norway with a long career of hauling farm goods from the rugged offshore Islands near Alesund. Being built only 42 feet long and a little small for her trade by 1934, the Norwegian craftsmen put her on the beach and proceeded to cut her in half to lengthen her out three more meters. At that time they equipped the vessel with a very significant, two cylinder, semi-diesel, 90HP Brunvoll engine.
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In 2008 REKORD took the place of honor as the Flag Ship of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland, Maine.
Captain Jim Sharp founded this Museum in 2008 on the hollowed grounds of the old Snow Shipyard and has been renamed Sharp's Point South. Their Mission Statement is "To enrich the lives of visitors, volunteers and the general public of the State of Maine through hands on, interactive, and educational experiences with historically significant sailing, power and steam driven vessels, ships and small boats while providing instruction as to their origins, construction, and original commercial and recreational purposes."
REKORD - built in 1914, is still chugging and blowing smoke rings from the slow turning two cylinder Symphony Orchestra in her engine room, turning like perpetual motion at 99 years. "She fits beautifully into the scheme of our maritime endeavors and continues to be a much loved curiosity on the magical coast of Maine."
"Our proud little REKORD is privileged to display the much coveted 'WORLD SHIP TRUST FLAG' on her masthead and join the fleet of endeared vessels such as Cutty Sark, Constitution, Schooner Adventure and many other still floating, historic, marine treasures recognized by the famous International Organization of: THE WORLD SHIP TRUST, heralding and honoring vessels of particular importance around the globe."
"Rekord may be one of the smallest of ships in the annals of this noteworthy entity, but she is just as significant as any of the big square riggers and equally as valuable as our Flag Ship at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. "
REKORD is as unique as she is distinctive looking. She is a sail-assisted motor freight vessel from the West coast fjords of Norway with a long career of hauling farm goods from the rugged offshore Islands near Alesund. Being built only 42 feet long and a little small for her trade. By 1934, the Norwegian craftsmen put her on the beach and proceeded to cut her in half to lengthen her out three more meters.
At the same time they equipped the vessel with a very significant, two cylinder, semi-diesel, 90HP Brunvoll engine. This substantial machinery is, at the present time, original in every way and still runs like a watch.
The engine was operated unceasingly during the War, night and day, shutting down for only very brief periods, and then only for the most essential maintenance. Commandeered, armed and manned by Nazis, she ran nights on long patrols for the coastal submarine watch, while days were spent hauling goods from the local farms for the German table. After the war she continued carrying both freight and passengers until it was decided a larger vessel was needed.
In the 1950s, she was once again cut in half and completely rebuilt, adding another three meters of length. In 1972 REKORD was sold to an American and sailed on her own bottom to the U. S. Virgin Islands, 26 days across the pond on the trade wind route, Chug-Chug-Chug. Here she was used for commercial fishing and trading among the Caribbean Islands.
REKORD was delivered to the rugged coastal waters of Maine by Captain Jim Sharp, where he reconditioned her accommodations and prepared her to go freighting again. During the oil crises of the late 70's, Captain Sharp, for three winters, delivered coal to the offshore Maine Islands for heating fuel in the homes of local lobster fishermen. Mooring and harbor work in Camden kept the boat busy the rest of the year
REKORD was sold in 1982 and went to a boat yard owner in Narraganset Bay, where, after 10 years of gainful accomplishment, she was sold to British interests who offered her to the Museum of the Treasure Coast of Florida. Once again a familiar hand stepped in to start that old engine and take the wheel. Captain Jim Sharp with his wife Meg delivered the grand old boat to Stuart, Florida, where she was welcomed into her new home with flags a-flying and heart-felt cheers from all members. Then the Sharps were gently coerced into operating her for the museum for the next four winters.
When the museum fell on hard times, Captain Sharp brought her North once again to make her part of a Wooden Boat Apprentice Shop in the Mid-Cost region of Maine. Hard times befell the Apprentice Shop and off REKORD went with new owners to the West...with the Captain keeping a watchful eye on her fate.
She had 4 owners, questionable care, haphazard maintenance and finally in 2007, she was deposited in Captain Jim's waiting hands. He was just sculpturing the Sail, Power and Steam Museum of Rockland, Maine and REKORD took the place of honor as the Museum Flag Ship.
World Ship Trust
The World Ship Trust is dedicated to the recognition of, and support for historic vessels. It bestows its prestigious Maritime Heritage Award upon those ships considered of transcendent importance in the context of maritime history and heritage, and publishes quarterly its WORLD SHIP REVIEW and the highly-respected INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC SHIPS
Brunvoll Semi Diesel
Main engine:Brunvoll two-cylinder semi-diesel type 2BA60, 90 h.p. at 400 r.p.m., clutched variable pitch single propeller, 2-blades of I.Im/3ft. 6 in. diameter.
Engine was overhauled by the manufacturers, Brunvoll S.A., at the factory at Molde in Norway in 1973. Engine, shaft, tanks, propeller all removed, overhauled and restored under direction of manufacturers Brunvoll S.A. in 1993 by American Shipyard, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Service speed: 7 - 8 knots Fuel Consumption: 2.4 US gallons per hour Range: at 7 knots, 786 nautical miles
Norwegian pine throughout and where restored using recycled North American 200 year old yellow pine. Hull through-fastened primarily with trunnels, remainder with steel bolts. Keel, keelson and frame heels through-bolted with steel. Steel-framed deckhouse restored to open water standards with steel tie-rods through wheelhouse.
Sail, Power & Steam Museum
This is your chance to own a piece of Maritime History. REKORD is stored at the Museum dock in Rockland Maine. Visit the Museum website (google - SailPowerandsteammuseum )
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