Zingara racing along in the late 1980s
Photograph courtesy of Roger Robinson
Classic Harrison Butler Boat : Lost, Now Found
Zingara has been located in America. She featured in the September/October 2016 issue of Wooden Boat, where she was offered For Sale as a restoration project. Roger Robinson, who has been her custodian since 1985, has been in touch. He's written an article about his time with Zingara which will feature in the Autumn 2018 issue of the Cruising Yachts: By The Surgeon's Eye, due out in October. Meanwhile Brad Abbott of Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway (the marine railway is the railed boat slip!) have bought Zingara with the intention of restoring her for sale. So, Zingara is now on Martha's Vinyard, Massachusetts, USA, in a prestigious boat yard.
The Lloyd's Registration number on a beam inside, confirms
that the boat found is indeed Zingara
Launched with a Bottle of Bubbly
The picture below shows Zingara being launched by Mrs Harrison Butler in 1936. After the launch, Zingara was transported across the Atlantic Ocean by the steamship Montcalm and went to the St Laurence River. From there she was cruised extensively and sailed on Lake Ontario. She then migrated to the USA. She's the only Harrison Butler boat in the 1973 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts where it is noted that for a time she was called Sea Saga (?-1957-1968-?) before reverting to Zingara.
An old photographs of Zingara from
Cruising Yachts, Design & Performance
by T Harrison Butler (Fourth Edition)
Built By Moody's
Richard Farmer, who owns Vindilis , the first boat built by Moody's, has pointed out that Zingara is mentioned in the 2008 book, 'The Moody Legacy' by David Moody. She was the second Harrison Butler boat Moody's built. Two more followed; Lindy II and Edith-Rose.
There is scope for mixing up Zingara with another Harrison Butler boat of similar name, Zingaro .
Built : 1936 by AH Moody & Son, Swanwick Shore, Southampton
LOA : 29' 6"
LWL : 25' 0"
Beam : 8' 6"
Draught : 5' 0"
Displacement : 7 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 519526
Zingara Custodians & Home Ports
Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway (2016-2017...) Martha's Vinyard, USA
Roger Robinson (1985-2016) Portland Maine
Warren Kinney (?-?) Portland, Maine
Bruce and Karen Ray (?-1977-1979-?) Camden
Steve Marcoux (mid 1970s) Nantucket, Massachusetts
Anthony Bell (?-1973-?) Boston, Massachusetts
Aaron White (?-1968-?) Boston, Massachusetts
Lawrence E Allen (?-1957-?) : Miami, Florida
Dr RED Cargill (1938, first owner, -?) Ottawa, Canada
Page last updated : August 2018