Marinero News

Fall - 2017

I've added the last few comments to the Cannon page along with the text from a 2004 email about another Brig ROMANCE. Wouldn't it be cool if that was the original source of the cannon?

Michael Graff sent along a short story "What does the Captain call you?"

Summer - 2017

The cannon inquiry brought in a lot of emails, including some additional Romance related materials.

Andrew Leyzack, '85-'86, sent this pen and ink drawing of the foc'sle scuttle.


Arthur Topilow, an early guest aboard Romance wrote:
I sailed as a tourist on the Romance in the BVI in 1968 (or 1969, not quite sure) Adrian Loughborough was the mate. I never saw a cannon. During that cruise Captain was planning his trip around the world and he asked me to go as a ship's doctor. I politely declined. The first is that I get seasick on the ocean and the second is that I had internship, residency, and fellowship planned for my medical career. On my return home, I bought a boat with my wedding money and have raced competitively ever since. Because the Romance kindled my interest in tall ships, I recently was a tourist for a week out of Athens on the "Sea Cloud," a magnificent four masted sailing ship, with over 30 sails, all set by hand. We had 58 tourists and 70 crew. It was the private yacht in the 1930s of Marjorie Merriwether Post and E.F. Hutton.
Ok to share my story,
All the best to you,
Arthur


6/30/17 - Just received this photo and an inquiry from Jamie Hayes:
"I’m writing today on a quest to solve a mystery. I collect cannons of age. Recently I have acquired a Bronze Cannon with the word ROMANCE engraved across the barrel. The source I purchased the cannon from suggested it was the Romance’s mascot cannon. Intrigued, I found myself reading the entire story of the Kimberly’s adventures. I’m speechless. There story of love of life needs to be a novel and shared with the world. It’s obvious that they were special people and had a lasting effect on all they met during there adventure.

Back to my mystery. While reading this log of people who have been on the Romance it occurred to me that perhaps people have seen this cannon on the ship during their visit and could confirm what they know of the cannon. Any information like when did it arrive on the Romance? When did they have it engraved Romance? Where did they acquire it. If it indeed is from the Romance perhaps it deserves a spot in the story. When I acquired the cannon I found the barrel to be mounted on an incorrect carriage known as an slide carriage. After some research I found the correct carriage form and have since built one from pictures from the internet. The Cannon was built in Boston Ma. By W.M. Read & Sons and is so labeled. The barrel is 24” long and made of heavy Bronze. I have provided pictures of the cannon as I found it and fully restored to the builders design. Please notice the picture of the barrel alone shows the engraving ROMANCE. I realize its hard to see. I’m Hoping to find some help to confirm it’s past. Any information would be so very welcome".

I've added aCannon page and posted your thoughts. If you have any photos or memories about the cannon, or the one used aboard the Romance, feel free to share, as many of you have.

Spring - 2017

Dan Moreland just sent along this link about Skipper's time aboard the YANKEE, written up in David D. Allyn's new book, Yardarm and Cockpit.
Includes some great photos from that cruise and also a young Skipper.

Winter - 2016 - 2017

Thanks to Mark Colby for sending along this photo he took of the Romance! Really shows her beautiful lines.

In December, Phillipe MacClenahan stopped by the Windship Way. He was with the ROMANCE for a brief time in 1986.
He mentioned Andrew Lyczack and friends in his email.

Fall - 2015

Way too much time has passed since I have updated the Marinero News. Lots happening with the documentary and several ex-Marineros stopped by.
Should have gotten their greetings up sooner. First, the documentary. A great team has been assembled to produce it and an announcement should be forthcoming.
You'll likely hear from several email friends. Please pass it on and share it with anyone who was a friend of the Romance.
If you are interested in some of the previous videos, check out the Documentary News page for links.

Bob Wallace just got in touch. A great email reminiscing his early days before, during and after his time aboard. Read Bob's email.

Also heard from Ken Cohen, his first time visit to the Windship Way. He joined Romance in 1967 after a harrowing trip aboard the Ketch "Tumbleweed". Read Ken's email.

Fall - 2014

Thanks Peter Damon for sending me this great photo of the Kimberlys!


ROMANCE Documentary News:
If you haven't already heard, the ROMANCE documentary opening sequence has been completed. While there may be some tweaking, it is great to see it taking shape. If you'd like to watch it, you can see it at Documentary Opening. If this is a preview of things to come, the whole documentary should be great.

Hard to believe it has been a year since the last update on the Windship Way's "Marinero's News". Still get the occassional email from an early Marinero or passenger. Always interesting to read their stories........


Summer - 2013


A guest aboard the ROMANCE, Allison Toth wrote recently:
I believe it was the early 1980s when I was a guest on Romance. I was 20 years old and I was visiting my friend Hope Evans who taught elementary school at the catholic school on St. Thomas. My friend also worked at the Chart House restaurant where she got the notice that the Kimberly's were rounding up islanders to sail the BVI's for 3 days & $75. We jumped at the chance, left from Tortola on an adventure of a lifetime! 18 young folk in awe of the mariners, the Kimberly's, and the spectacular sailing panoramic views. All the rum punch we could consume and a bounty of food prepared by Ms. Kimberly. Captain would have the anchor lowered and let us swim to every shore we stopped at. Fascinating is the best word to describe the tour. I've never experienced anything like it since! Hail to the Kimberly's for showing us the "mariners" way!


Fall - 2012


Mark Colby writes:
I sailed with Capt. Kimberly and Gloria during the month of May, 1968 as a high school senior doing an Independent Study Project about "old time sailing". Wonderful experience. My father, Robert Colby was a shipmate and friend with Art Kimberly during WWII aboard tankers. Having grown up along the Maine coast, I never gave up the sea and now hold a 1600 Near Coastal license as well as a 100 ton Aux/Sail. Was asked to go to the Galapagos Islands and always have regretted my decision not to go. Too young I guess to appreciate what an adventure that would have been and how it may have shaped my life in a real way.
Best to you all, Mark Colby


Romance of the Seas
by
Gloria Kimberly


This just in from Peter Wholihan:
Can you believe it has been a year since Skipper passed away? I had been working with him to get Gloria's book published. She never really finished it, but there are great stories throughout her first draft. We were able to get it into a pdf version, also got it copyrighted for Skipper. He wanted to share it with all the Marineros. I have run it by publishers and editors; all liked it, but agree it needs polishing. In speaking with Skipper's sister, Jane, we decided that it would suit Skipper wishes and Gloria too, just to get it out as is, so all can enjoy her work. Hopefully an upshot will be, that this will provide a fair wind, to get the book published. I gave Skipper a paperbound addition a few years back. Many times when I called, he would say, he was reading it. I would tell him, "I know those people." and he would answer, "No, you know those guys! They must have had a pretty good life."

Here is Gloria's book, for those that knew Skipper and Mrs. Kimberly.
Please enjoy her words and their gift to us all.

Romance of the Seas

Special Thanks to Dr. Elton Robertson, professor emeritus, Temple University for his volunteer assistance in making this a reality!



On a recent visit to Bar Harbor, I met Capt. Steve Pagels aboard the Schooner Margaret Todd. Had chance to talk with him about Captain Kimberly and the Brigantine Romance. Enjoyed learning some seafaring history about Skipper and his mentors on a sunny afternoon daysail.

Spring - 2012


Brad Hyland emailed. He worked aboard ROMANCE for an all too short week back in 1968 just prior to the ship going down island for work. Fell in love with the Virgin Islands after boarding in Tortola. He was 15 or 16 and as a young surfer from Florida, snorkeled and surfed his way through the BVI. Watching Capt. Kimberly navigate without GPS and reading about the world cruises made those 7 days special.

Steve Williams is looking for any information & stories that Marineros might have about their visit to Great Isaac Island lighthouse. He is working on a renovation project for the island and lighthouse and found Skipper's model when he did a search on the Internet. Also looking for any photos you might have that showed the lighthouse when you were there. You can reach him at 561-445-5664 in Highland Beach FL.

Chris Roche [Mariner@chrisroche.co.uk], from the Cape Horners organization is looking for details on Skipper's time aboard the Abraham Rydberg. He was supposed to have sent a story about it to South Africa. Can anyone shed light on that story? Any copies about? Chris is writing up that period for the Cape Horner Journal and would appreciate hearing from you.

Fall - 2011


Chris Allen just stopped by to share some of his fond memories of his time aboard ROMANCE and the Kimberlys back in 1968. He was one of two Beloit College students sent down in September of ’68 to sail the Romance. During those years students at Beloit College had to take one of their semesters “off” to do a “real” job. At the time, Adrian Loughborough was the First Mate. Check out his great story about Skipper reading the winds.

Peter Wholihan wrote:
On Oct 8 2011 there was a memorial service for Skipper. The service was well attended with many stories shared by those that knew Skipper well. Friends, Family, and Marineros from the Romance's first days, until her last, were there to fete Skipper in this send off. There were grand stories, songs, tributes of lives forever changed by Capt. Kimberly and plenty of memories relived at the memorial service and later at Merk's Bar & Grill (Skipper's Old Watering Hole) where food, drinks, and of course vitamin R in the Cruzan variety were imbibed along with all Skipper shared with us.

L to R - Peter Wholihan, Brian Donnelly, Jim Webster, Bob Wallace,
Don Lindsay, Adrian Loughborough, Angus McCamy, Ginny Caspari

It was a grand send off, for a great man, who would have enjoyed being there (and he and his bride were certainly there in spirit), but who would have been a wee bit confused and embarrassed by all the hoopla. That is another of the many reasons he was so well loved and respected. We miss ya Skipper, thanks for the adventure!


Tad Donnan was in touch. He had a copy of the First 1975 Cruise Announcement Letter and also the 1975 Log #1 which he sent along. I've added these to the "Log of the Romance" area and tried to put them all in better chronological order. Thanks Tad. Would like to find an early Log for the 1971 Pacific Trip that Gloria mentioned at the beginning of Log #2 - 1975.

Also heard from Owen Hardy, Peter Damon and Art Read in regards to Skipper's passing. Their comments are on Skipper's tribute page.

Laurie R. King's "Pirate King" was published this Fall and went on sale just before Capt. Kimberly passed away. Mrs. Kimberly was given credit for her great photograph of the Romance under sail.


Saturday, September 17th
Some sad news from Peter Wholihan.

Capt. Kimberly had taken ill over the past couple of weeks, and died this morning, Saturday Sept. 17th.

For more about Skipper's passing,

In Memory of Capt. Arthur Kimberly.


Earlier this month, Jonathon Giddings wrote, "My stint was January through April of 1978 as a Field Term from Beloit College. My housemate Paul had done his Field Term the year before and warned me to memorize all the ships lines in the diagram that John Bieler in the FT office provided to me. He also suggested I bring my tennis racket with me because there'd be time to go ashore and play from time to time. Other crew members were Robie Price (First Mate), Mike Brown, Philip Bird, and John - can't remember his last name. Robie was great; Mike was a serious sailor; Philip was my best and only friend; and John was the guy every liked and admired.

Thanks Jonathon for the interesting look back at life aboard Romance with Skipper....sans tennis time.

Summer - 2011
A Memorable Memorial Day and Reunion! 

The Marinero Reunion with Skipper aboard the Barque Picton Castle was a success. Skipper traveled to JVD (Jost Van Dyke) with his sister and her husband Jane & Russ Meyer. A film crew followed him over from St. Thomas and was able to capture most of the action, plus interviews with Marineros: Capt. Dan Moreland (ROMANCE 1973-77), Bert Rogers Exec. Director American Sailtraining Assoc. (ROMANCE 1979-81), Clyde Sanadi, Brigantine Associates (ROMANCE 1973-74), Jim Webster Mega-Yacht Broker (ROMANCE 1968), and Mike Jehle, Exec. Director Fairfield Museum and History Center (ROMANCE 1987).

Skipper waited on shore, as the Picton Castle sailed north of Tortola under full sail and into Great Harbor to anchor. He met Capt. Dan Moreland, as he came ashore at the BVI Customs dock. Soon after they retired to splice the main brace and get reacquainted. The Captain invited his old Skipper to visit his ship. Once aboard, Skipper seemed to shed 20 years, as he was an able seaman shipboard once again. Chief Mate Michael Moreland had the honor of showing off the Castle to Skipper. After his time aboard, Skipper invited the crew for a dinner celebration at Foxy’s. Skipper sat at a quiet table off to the corner, as visitors: shipmates, old friends and new acquaintances visited with him one after the next.

Sir Foxy caught up with Skipper and related the story of how the captain blessed Foxy’s first concrete floor with his footprint. As always, Foxy’s hospitality did not disappoint and a good time was had by all well into the evening hours, during which time Marineros wandered down the beach to join the celebration from points beyond. The next day, was a full one aboard the Castle, with a reunion of friends, family, shipmates, and new introductions to the crew with Skipper. He made quick work of finding ways “to keep himself out of the way”. He spent most of the afternoon doing what he loves best, sailmaking, and teaching while doing. Tales long and short were told aboard, as old acquaintances were renewed and new ones developed.

Sunday was race day in Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta. The Picton Castle had two small vessels: a long boat and a dory called A “Sea Never Dry” (www.doryshop.com) – in the race. Many of the crew signed on with other local boats, some whom took a western tack, to White Bay to become winners, in the island way of “enjoying life as it come”. The Marineros watched this classic from aboard the Castle, while Skipper was engrossed in being part of a ship again, mesmerizing the crew with his matter-of-fact knowledge and unique way of imparting it to them. Like so many before them, these lessons will stay with them in their voyages beyond.

May 30, was as Skipper put it, “A Memorial Day Sail!” as Capt. Dan Moreland welcomed old friends (including Foxy, his wife Tess and Dee Carstarphen of Maverick), new acquaintances, and shipmates aboard for a sail. The Picton Castle plied the waters between Tortola and JVD under full sail. She sailed both off and back onto the hook at Great Harbour. The Castle’s crew shined, while old hands lent a hand to gain a piece of the moment. Skipper hoisted sail, coiled down, and took a turn at the wheel. It was a wonder for all to see him in his element again, after so many years. It was a grand time for an admirable fellow, 89 years young. As he said many times over the weekend, “I’m as happy as a lark.” Of course, that was the whole idea.

A big Thank You to Peter Wholihan for the story and the Picton Castle for the photos!

Spring - 2011 

Picton Castle to host Marineros at Jost van Dyke! 

5/12 - A flurry of emails about the reunion. For the most recent update on the reunion, see the Reunion link.

Recent visits include Marinero Jeanne Shaub who passes along her best wishes. Jeanne did the 1971-1972 Pacific cruise, Grenada to Hawaii and several week-long Caribbean cruises. She'd love to attend but is not as nimble as back in those fine days in the Pacific.......

Tony and Janine Martinelli, from Port Charlotte, FL stopped by. They spent part of their honeymoon on the Romance in April of 1967 in the B.V.I. Adrian was the first mate and Manfred Dietrick was on board for most of the trip. That was Tony's introduction to sailing and he's never stopped.

4/20 - This just in from Peter Wholihan. Dan Moreland is getting folks together Memorial Day weekend at Jost Van Dyke in the BVI. Skipper will be there along with Dee Carstarphen of MAVERICK fame, Dyke and Inga Wilmerding of MANDOO and ZULU WARRIOR and Manfred Dietrich, ex-PAMIR and famous Sailmaker of Hassle Island. Also in the plans is a day sail aboard the Picton Castle. Accomodations are pretty scant aboard the Picton Castle, but where there is a will there is a way. Please spread the word.

Coming? Please fill out this ONLINE FORM so we can gather a list of who is coming and when. If sending an email to Dan, due to the capacity of the satellite communications system, please keep replies them short and don't send photos or attachments. Email him at: picton.castle@pc.atseamail.com. Like that favorite CSNY song from days sailing among the Virgin Islands say, "we may never pass this way again....", hope you'll be there for this special occasion.


Tony Probst got in touch and provided this photo of the ROMANCE heading back to Pitcairn from Henderson with her decks full of wood. He cruised the world aboard the Trimaran Lorelei 3 with his family between 1967 and 1980 and saw the ROMANCE repeatedly in the Caribbean, at Pitcairn, Tahiti and the Galapagos to name a few. At one point, the Lorelei 3 was seized at gun point and all of their photos were lost. He has asked if anyone who took photos of the ROMANCE in St. Thomas might have pictures that showed their trimaran anchored nearby. He is currently building a website based on stories of early Pitcairn and is trying to contact Marineros who sailed on the Henderson trips. You can reach him at ssm723@aol.com .

Winter - January 2011 

Another Marinero just stopped by. Rob Peterson was aboard in 1982 for three months. He recalls when he first came aboard he was scared of Skipper who told him, "she's not a boat; she's a ship" and that other crew warned him not to whistle. It didn't take long to grow to love and admire Skipper and Mrs K and appreciate their mastery of their craft. Don Lindsay was there most of the time along with Kurt, Kim and Patrick, who left soon after he arrived; Ross and Clay arrived and stayed on.

Good to hear from an early guest. Valerie (Griessmeyer) Kassl was aboard the Romance in the BVI during the week of Easter 1984. Romance had recently returned from Grenada where they rescued one of Linc's relations by stowing him below decks. She remembers how Gloria whipped up a Great Easter dinner in the small gallery and wishes she had stayed aboard for the voyage to Quebec.

Bill Turnbull checked in. He's been out of circulation a while with some health issues, now back in Dutch Harbor after recovering from a heart attack. After some genealogical research, it turns out that he is a direct descendant of Dr. Andrew Turnbull, the founder of New Smyrna Beach, where Capt.Kimberley dropped his hook. Small world.

Peter Wholihan posted photos and details of Skipper's visit to the VI for Thanksgiving.

Still waiting for news from the publisher of the book "Pirate King". They are now considering another photo for the chapter divider......will let you know if ROMANCE will be used. Latest NEWS. The ROMANCE photo will be used!

Just received an email requesting the use of this B&W photo of ROMANCE for use as a chapter divider in a new book called "Pirate King" by Laurie R. King. Thanks much to many of you who helped identify the photographer.....Mrs. K.

A flurry of emails and memories of the '71-'72 South Pacific trip came in from Ronn Winkler, Peter Damon, Peter Wholihan, Lynn Bouck and Judy Bracik:

From Ronn Winkler's log: It was Jan 14, 72. Friday, We have 16 sails now! Stuns'ls were set this morning for the first time. Just beautiful. You should have heard the ooo's and aah's when the topmast stuns'l snapped into place. It was sent up forward of the yards and hidden behind the topsail from those standing aft. Until I hauled on the tack, Whop! - It appeared and set all at once........Noon pos, Lat 13 deg 29 min S. Long 111 deg 28 min W. Ave sp 5.4 K,. DMG 130 MN @ 238 deg T, Dist travelled 1543 NM.

Judy Bracik: I believe that is the old mainsail, (not footed down if I still have my terminology correct). I think this may be a picture that Mrs. K took after we set the stunsuls. Anyone recognize or remember who was at the wheel?

Peter Damon relates: My recollection is that on the first day we set those stunsails after having sewn them (Jim, you , and me principally – I don’t think Skipper actually sewed these – could be wrong though) and manufactured the spars and other rigging like the irons, halyards, sheets, etc., we lowered the longboat and Dan ran several trips ahead and to leeward to photograph the occasion. The challenge was to get low and behind a wave that would hide most of the hull – a neat trick given the motion of everything. Also Romance had to be upright – not rolling back and forth backing the sails. There really wasn’t much wind, but the photo couldn’t let that on, so timing and luck was everything. As for some details, I believe the helmsman was Tad Donnan – he wore a white hat like that. Under the curve of the exhaust pipe is perhaps yourself (or Gloucester Mary – it’s the hair). Skipper may be standing by the rail forward.

Lynn Bouck: I would agree with Judy Bracik that this photo was probably taken by Mrs. K on the 71-72 S. Pacific trip which I was also on. This shot looks very familiar and I am sure I have a color slide very similar if not the same exact shot (I'll have to check). As I recall this was mid Pacific somewhere between the Galapagos and Pitcairn. We all took turns going off in the launch to take photos and I believe the event was the setting of the stunsuls which were finished and set for the first time on that trip.

Summer 2010 

August and two more early Marineros stopped by.

David "Charlie" Brown wrote: "I had a great time in 1969 doing the eight day cruises in the Virgins and then ending with a sail down to Grenada for haul out. I was known as Charlie Brown on the ship. I was also on a work term from Beloit College with Mark Nebel".

Thanks Charlie for the photo!

Jim McTigue crewed aboard ROMANCE in the Summer 1986 with Sutcliffe, Avishair (Israel), and Patrick from Australia.

Great to hear from another early Marinero, Chris Allen who sailed aboard ROMANCE between 1 September and 22 December 1968. He was a crewman under Adrian Loughborough as a work Semester from Beloit College when they outfitted her at SW2nd St in Miami and sailed her down to Charlotte Amalie.

He wrote, "I loved that pile of English oak. The days I was on her seemed like a lifetime. I can tell you this; I enlisted as an officer and had a military career and did a lot of things, but I NEVER worked as hard as I did on the Romance. Not because the Skipper asked me to, but because the Romance required it."

Still nothing new on the Documentary. Anyone have any details?

Winter - February 2010 

Another ex-ROMANCER stopped by, Kelly Johnson - crewed summer '83 - boarded the Romance in Roadtown, Tortola, B.V.I. He crewed with Rob and Keith. He said it was quite an experience for a kid from Nebraska and although it his time was short aboard ROMANCE, it left an indelible mark that he'll always remember and cherish.

Photographs of the ROMANCE taken by this site's webmaster will be featured at an upcoming Art Show called "Fish & Ships". My wife does fish water colors, I have many shots of the ROMANCE. I'm looking forward to telling attendees about the ROMANCE and her extraordinary people and adventures.

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