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STAR: Noank Fish and Lobster Boat

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Designed by Eldridge and built at Eldridge Boat Shop, Noank, Conn., 1949-1950, Star was built for swordfishing and tuna fishing south of Montauk, Long Island. Star was owned by Captain Jack Wilbur until 1969, when she was sold to James Giblin. Star came to Mystic Seaport Museum in 1976.

Star undergoing restorationThe Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard hauled Star out of the water in October 2003 for major restoration. Many of her forward frames and much of her planking were replaced. A new stem was added in February 2004.

Star‘s specifications: 1″ cedar plank hull, sheerstrakes (3) fir, frame & backbone oak, decks fir, pilot house plywood, small galley, 4 bunks, flybridge & pilothouse controls. Engine freshwater cooled, fathometer, fishwell, 3 blade 24×16 propeller and spare propeller, manual and electric bilge pumps, 6 volt elec system. Green topsides, ivory raised deck, buff deck, mast and boom. Originally outfitted with 15’ pulpit and topmast with lookout rings.