In 1949 Charles Deere Wiman shipped "Scimitar" to San Francisco as a wedding present to his daughter. He received permission from Walter Wheeler to re-name her "Cotton Blossom II". He had an Atomic 4 gas engine installed prior to shipment.
Edward H. "Ted" Halton purchased "Cotton Blossom" in 1951 and moved her to the Los Angeles Yacht Club. He increased her "J" measurement by 2' 10" and added an 8" bulwark around her. In 1955 he had William Lapworth re-design her cabin arrangement. The work was done by the Lindwall yard in Santa Barbara. She was shipped to Seattle in 1958 and was first to finish in the 1959 Swiftsure race.
Later that season she was sold to Ed Turner who sailed her down the coast to San Diego. For the next six years "Cotton Blossom II" was one of the most winning boats in Southern California. She was the 1963 SDYC "Boat of the Year," the "Rumsey High Point" winner in 1963 and 1964 and won the San Diego Lipton Cup in 1965.
"Cotton Blossom" blasting down Santa Barbara Channel.
Just after the 1965 Lipton Cup Turner sold "Cotton Blossom" to Ed Doremus and she moved to Marina del Rey. In 1967 she sold to Grover Collins.
Bo Knab purchased "Cotton Blossom" in 1971 and trucked her to Portland, Oregon. He recalled as a young man seeing her anchored in Chicago and in the late 60s purchased a Fife 8-meter from Ted Halton's son who told him about "Cotton Blossom".
"Yes, I'm a bit of a showman ..." Bo Knab pictured with a story about his 8 meter "Trouble," which he owned both prior to and after "Cotton Blossom". "Trouble", ex-"Sulaire", had been previously owned by Ted Halton Jr., son of a previous owner of "Cotton Blossom" in the 1950s.
Bo kept "Cotton Blossom" a year before selling her to Rachel Cole. Her two sons, Roger and Douglas, had been raised on various boats on the Columbia River. Her husband had been a long time sailor but passed away suddenly when the boys were 15 and 17. Though not an avid sailor, Mrs. Cole had the foresight to keep the family boat, a 40' Owens Cutter, and the boys quickly learned the responsibilities of skippering and maintaining a wooden sailboat. During a heavy weather race on the Columbia River in 1971, Doug noted a long skinny meter-type boat, new to the river, overtake the Owens cutter. After the race he went to investigate and was immediately smitten with Bo Knab's "Cotton Blossom". Next season the Owens cutter was gone and Doug became the new skipper and caretaker of "Cotton Blossom".
Doug Cole and crew Dale Grams on board "Cotton Blossom", February 20, 1972.
"Cotton Blossom" sailing in a PYC race on the Columbia River, March 1972.
Larry Barber photo.
It was a steep learning curve for a young man but after a season of river sailing, Doug, Roger and a young crew headed up the coast and competed in the 1973 Switfsure race, placing 2nd in PHRF, and the Protection Island race, also placing 2nd in PHRF. Even though she was considered a "family" boat, Doug was responsible for her maintenance and operating expenses.
"Cotton Blossom" in the 1973 Swiftsure race. Sky Eye photo.
"Comely Survivor. She moves to weather like a sail powered javelin. With sheets started, she gulps air like no modern high aspect sliver ever will." (Sailing Magazine, October 1973
Doug returned to Portland with the boat and enjoyed several more seasons on the Columbia before finally heading back to Puget Sound. In 1975 "Cotton Blossom II" was honored with a 50th birthday party at the Portland Yacht Club.
"Cotton Blossom" peacefully at anchor several miles upstream from Bonneville Dam. September 1973.
Doug lived onboard at Portage Bay in Seattle for several years while attending college. In 1976, Robert Amory, son of the original owner, paid a visit.
Robert Amory, whose father was the original owner, paid a visit in 1976.
He cruised onboard with his buddies as a young man.
Doug and his friends enjoyed many hours of sailing on "Cotton Blossom" on Puget Sound and Canadian waters.
"Cotton Blossom" on one of her many weekend sails on Puget Sound.
Douglas MacQuarrie photo.
"Cotton Blossom" was proving to be too big an anchor for Doug, who was contemplating the start of a life career, so in 1977 she was sold.
Reluctantly, Doug decides to sell "Cotton Blossom" in 1977.
She was sold to John Gavin and a partner in Seattle who kept her for only a few years. Gavin donated her to the Western Washington University Foundation and she spent the next several years in Bellingham. Her wooden spar was replaced with an ugly aluminum extrusion. (Her original spruce spar remains under the Bellingham Yacht Club.) Her maintenance suffered with hard use and the lack of a dedicated owner.
"Cotton Blossom" on the “Derelict Dock” in Bellingham, WA.
After five years with the Western Washington Foundation, "CB" was suffering from severe neglect. She was used by many and after the first season, she was maintained by none. Satisfying the terms of the Foundation, she was put up for auction. In November 1981, she was sold to Carl Reichardt and Rick Janecke who moved her to Blaine, WA. They toiled for 22 years to bring her back to life. While some progress was made, she sailed rarely. Short of a major overhaul, her condition was terminal. This is how she looked when acquired by Carl and Rick.
The varnish is peeling and the decks are leaking. November 1981. Doug Cole photo.
The cabin is disheveled and in general disarray. Doug Cole photo.
The old Atomic 4. This engine was originally installed in 1949. Doug Cole photo.
Cotton Blossom sailing with her aluminum spar near Blaine, WA in the late 1980s. Carl Reichardt photo
Her topsides were blue for several years. Most of the time while in Blaine she was in hibernation under a full canvas cover.
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