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Fall 2010 (Issue No. 49)

1957 BARBOUR 19' SILVER CLIPPER

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1957 BARBOUR 19' SILVER CLIPPER

1957 BARBOUR 19'. Owner says, "My late husband had a passion for wooden boats and was working on restoring a 1957 19' Barbour boat. He passed in February of this year. ...I want to do what I can to ensure all his hard work doesn't go to waste and his boat (plus another that he hadn't started) find homes where they will be loved and appreciated! [BYB: The other boat has since been given to a good friend.] ... The bottom was watertight and last year the engine worked. I don't know if it's important, but it's not the engine Chris acquired with the boat. Though he was a perfectionist, so I'm guessing that the engine is in-keeping, or perhaps nearer to what would have been in place at first."

According to the owner's website: "Last summer, Chris and I replaced the bottom of the boat 19' 1957 Barbour he's been working on forever, and he managed to take it out on the lake for a test before the end of the season, should be good for another 25 years or so! Though, it should be mentioned, because the boat has been upside down for some time, the inside needs painting/waterproofing and the varnishing requires attention a thing of beauty, though it is, there's always something..." [BYB: Ain't that the truth!]

Contact Pam at pammieb205@yahoo.co.uk. Pam is in the UK, but the Barbour is in Gloversville, NY. There is someone local to the boat who can help with showing it to those interested. Asking price: "Now that's a very good question." [In other words, talk to Pam.] (NY)

[BYB: If you are a Barbour Boats fan, check out www.barbourboats.com]


BYB: I'm pretty curious by nature. When I'm working on a boat listing for a builder that I do not know well, I frequently find myself roaming the internet for any info I can find. Here's a little background on Barbour Boats:

Herbert W. Barbour established Barbour Boat Works, Inc. in 1932 in New Bern, NC, and the Barbour name was granted registered trademark status on November 12, 1957. The start of WWII and an influx of U.S. Navy contracts helped transform this small wooden boat builder into a company employing over 1000 people building salvage vessels and mine sweepers. The end of the war returned the builder to the private and commercial markets constructing some cruisers and a larger volume of outboard and inboard runabouts and utilities for which they are still well known today among the old wooden boat crowd. Most of the Barbour pleasure craft ranged from 14' to 21'. The company also turned out sailboats and rowboats. Over the years, Barbour also built a variety of fishing boats, trawlers, ferries, tankers, barges and tugs for the commercial markets, many of which were constructed of steel, and included a tanker as large as 155 feet completed in 1972. They even built a vessel for Marineland in Florida housing a large tank of circulating seawater designed to transport marine life. The company ceased operations in the 1990s, and a collection of its records is now housed at the Joyner Library of East Carolina University.

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