NAVAL ARCHITECT MARINE SURVEYOR
CHARLES H. DAVIES
2400 W. COAST HIGHWAY
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA 92660
OFFICE: LIBERTY 8.2755 RES.. LIBERTY 8-
May 29, 1968
Mr. Carlton M. Rogers
3485 Monterey Road
San Marino, California 91108
RE: Yacht TE AMO USCH 284 436 -
Dear Mr. Rogers:
Following is requested resume of history, particulars and reconstruction of Yacht "Te Amo".
Yacht is 78’6" Auxiliary Diesel Ketch, built in 1925, by J. W. Upham in Brixham, England, as a commercial fishing trawler "Terpsichore". The boat was fished commercially for several years and name changed to "Mannequin". In 1946 the novelist A. W. Mason purchased the boat and converted her to a yacht, and changed the name to "Muriel Stephens". Yacht was sailed to Pacific Coast of United States, after an extended trip to Capetown, South Africa. Yacht sailed Pacific Coast for some time and was purchased by Mr. Rogers, and taken to San Pedro Harbor, California.
In 1960, Mr. Rogers requested that I inspect the vessel to determine general condition of the boat and recommend repairs necessary to replace rotted and deteriorated areas of the hull and rigging. The boat hauled at Fellows & Stewart Shipyard, Terminal Island, in late 1960, and the following work accomplished.
Several bottom planks were replaced, port and starboard sides. Rudder dropped out of boat and new rudder pintle bolt fabricated and installed. Rudder was rebuilt, rudder port rebuilt, and rudder reinstalled. Rotted sections were removed and new sections of stern rim and blocking inside renewed. New propeller shaft was installed and prop shaft strut was refastened. Bobstay fitting was renewed. Considerable caulking was done on bottom seams and butts. All thru hulls were pulled out of hull and renovated or replaced. Main engine was completely overhauled. This engine was 60 HP Ailsa Craig, of unknown age.
During 1961 almost all of the topside planking was renewed while yacht was in slip at Terminal Island. Rotted areas in frames, shelf, clamp and blocking, exposed when planking was removed, were repaired or renewed, as found necessary. New covering boards, new bulwarks and bulwark stanchions, new cap rails were installed. Deteriorated mizzen mast was removed and new mizzen mast and rigging installed. Deteriorated rigging on mainmast was renewed. Interior or yacht was gutted preparatory to installation of new interior arrangements.