No Two-Bit Boat is This

22 Jun




— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    June 23, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Who knows the name of the big beautiful blue boat above and in what way it left a stamp on Errol’s post-WWII life?

    Hint: There are clues to the name in the question above.

    Another Hint: It has nothing to do with 50 cent the rapper.

    Yet Another Hint: The majestic sites in the second & third photos are clues, too.

    • Lollie

      June 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Hi Tim, Is the answer/s – Bluenose ‘ Canada’s fastest fishing schooner ever built ‘ , which was used as the example for building The Zaca,Errol’s yacht that he sailed to the Panama Canal,Jamaica etc on his 1946 expedition? :)


      • Gentleman Tim

        June 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

        YES, OUI, SEADH, Lollie. That’s Superb – and so fast!!!

        That’s the legendary Bluenose on the stamp, follwed by Lake Zaca, after which Errol’s schooner was named, and the Haitian island where Bluenose met its demise.

        • Lollie

          June 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

          YAY! Thanks Tim! :D

          Wow Lake Zaca,how stunning is that!

          • Gentleman Tim

            June 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

            Yes, isn’t it. God is quite the artist.

  2. Maria

    June 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Ahoy! We now have the beautiful Bluenose II- I believe it is under restoration. My Canuk 10 cent coin shows the ship. Wouldn’t Errol have loved to see the Zaca and the Bluenose side by side!

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Very cool, Maria. You may want to pick up the magiicent new sterling silver hologram $20 coin from the Royal Canadian mint. Their first one, I believe?

      I wonder if Errol ever saw the Bluenose. He surely knew of it, and very likely knew of Zaca’s connection to/derivation from it. Wonder, too, if he ever visited Lake Zaca. He was often up that way.


  3. Maria

    June 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks ! No I have not seen that coin yet – but I will certainly look. I really find that depiction of the Bluenose a beauty.

  4. Volker

    June 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Tim,
    nice find! But only speculation or truth? I mean sailing boats can so much look alike. Do you have any “evidence” on this subject?

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      With deep regret, volker, I wasn’t in San Francisco in the Roaring Twenties with Templeton Crocker & Garland Rotch when they hatched their plans for Zaca. Word is, however, Rotch designed the schooner, based on the famed Bluenose of Nova Scotia. Thus, I cannot personally attest to the truth of these reports, but various historians, authors and authorities, including sailing authorities, have stated this as fact. Rotch may have officially recorded it in his 1933 seven-volume history of the ship “Cruise of the Zaca” – a title Errol later adopted. If you can find the book, you may want to look at pages 311-319, where, I am informed, Rotch discusses his designing of the ship.

      Here’s some input on the Bluenose-Zaca connection:………

      If you have contrary information or thoughts, volker, please do make them known. Truth is the goal.

      • shangheinz

        June 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        Dear Schoontim,

        no evidence needed for me, the similarity is eye-pparent. The real find as far as I am concerned however is that the name of the Zaca derives from a Californian lake and not from some foreign language, meaning peace.Errol was such a prankster, a bonafide Munchhausen, in order to find the/his truth we must always look the other way.

        • Gentleman Tim

          June 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

          Flynnhausen was a trickster, no bout adoubt it, Sir Shang. But, adding another twist to the erroneous tale of Zaca meaning “peace” in Samoan (and credibility to the Great Chief Errol), Zaca actually does mean “peace”!, in the language of ancient Native Americans who settled the area later known as Santa Barbara! Errol preferred the South Seas connection apparently!

          So, as with all things Errol – the truth is no stranger to the fiction.

    • Gentleman Tim

      June 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

      For further information regarding the history of The Zaca, volker, you may want to review Templeton Crocker’s papers at the California Academy of Sciences:…


  5. Maria

    June 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Hi- I do not think that they were built at the same time – just the Bluenose being built along the lines of the Zaca.
    More checking required!

  6. Maria

    June 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I meant the Zaca being built along the lines of the Bluenose!