|The reverse of this print says, |
"Miles, Mother, Daddy
saw a Dwight Long presentation 3 Oct. 1941
when Miles bought this picture and Long autographed it."
Miles McCoy, Orcas Is., kindly donated
his childhood memento to the S.P.H.S., Aug. 2012
Leaving Seattle, WA.
|Dwight Long on 32' IDLE HOUR|
getting advice from Berthing Master
Capt. Thompson at Southend-on-Sea, England.
Original photo dated 30 August 1937
from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
Dwight Long's 32-ft ketch IDLE HOUR
home safely to Seattle, WA, 1940.
Photograph by Capt. Leiter Hockett who inscribed the reverse
"Taken from my boatshop at the west side of the canal."
Original photo is a gift to the S.P.H.S. archives
from Capt. Miles McCoy, 8/2012.
For four years the IDLE HOUR with Long at the helm, sailed the world's seven oceans. Some of the time he carried with him an extra passenger or crewman. One night when the IDLE HOUR was caught in a storm that carried away the main mast, and was nearly wrecked, his dog 'Hugo' was washed overboard and Long sailed on alone.
By the time the IDLE HOUR and her captain dropped anchor in the Thames, news of Long and his incredible adventures was wide-spread.
|Dwight Long, 1953.|
Home after working for two years on his film
The wood carving in profile was one of the
trademarks for the film.
The difficulties that Long encountered in finding people for his cast, in shipping and processing his film, would make a book. But he persevered and finally parts of his film began to arrive in the US––some of the sequences so primitive and rare that they had never before been photographed. For two years, Long worked on his picture in Tahiti without ever seeing a foot of it, since it could only be processed in the US. But finally the job was done and Long, who had been working 18 hours a day and who had lost 30 pounds, came home jubilant. He had his movie.
But two more years of work in cutting, scoring, and dubbing lay ahead before Tanga Tika was ready to be shown in American theaters. And because he was short of funds, Long had to do most of this himself.
Tanga Tika, the movie that Hollywood said was 'impossible' to make is currently playing at the Blue Mouse Theatre, and is the latest in a long list of 'impossible' things that Dwight Long has done."
|Endpaper art by Joyce Stephenson from |
Seven Seas on a Shoestring,
Dwight Long, Harper & Brothers, 1938.
Miles McCoy donated his book to
the library of Saltwater People History Society, Aug. 2012.
Above text by Bonnie Thornburg for The Seattle Times, 18 February 1954
1922, November: launched in Tacoma, WA., by professional boatbuilder Carl Rathfin for his own use.
IDLE HOUR was sold to two partners who used her briefly for fur trading in the Arctic.
1932: Dwight Long purchased her for $1,600.
32' L with 2" fir planking on 2" x 3" oak frames on 8" centers.
1934, 20 September: the date set by Long as departure for his world cruise.
The tow out to the straits from Seattle, with tug ANDREW FOSS, was a gift from the Foss Tug Co.
|L-R: Dwight Long, age 21, Hugo, and Jack Lowry.|
This after their first leg, Seattle to San Francisco,
back dated, 6 October 1934.
Original photo from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
|Back side of a litho postcard published |
and signed by circumnavigator Dwight Long.
From the archives of the S.P.H.S.©
Maritime historian John Kelly, Seattle, reports:
"I took this photo of Lewis' boat in the Ala Moana
Yacht Anchorage in Honolulu during 1944,
when my ship was in Pearl Harbor for repairs.
We met several times after the war when he
was giving lectures and at his shop aboard the
QUEEN MARY in CA. In 1972, we were
shipmates aboard the Hudson's Bay Co
NONSUCH along with the Yankee Clipper
Sea Scouts, out for a sail on the Sound."
J.K. Nov. 2015.
1992: The Seattle Yacht Club honored Dwight Long with a full page in their fine book.
Warren, James R. The Centennial History of the Seattle Yacht Club, 1892-1992. Published by The Seattle Yacht Club.
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