What’s the Connection?

17 Nov

Captain Blood


Port Blakely

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    November 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Masts of Fir – 105 ft. Tall

    42.4 Ft. Beam

    234 ft. Long

    1902 – Seattle orchestra.


  2. Gentleman Tim

    November 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    A very big part of the story began here, in the days of wooden ships, around the turn-of-the-century – on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle:…

    Errol Loved It:


  3. Gentleman Tim

    November 19, 2014 at 1:18 am

    GREAT, Tina! You got (most of) it again!! I wasn’t sure if anyone was even reading this! Wherefore art thou, Lollie!

    Hammer refers to Andrew Hammer, Errol’s “Grandfather” (and cousin of renowned explorer, Roald Amundsen!*), who was connected to the H.K. Hall, one of few five-masted schooners ever built, which Errol played on as a kid, early on displaying his Captain Blood spirit & style!…


    * This would make Errol a cousin of some type to the legendary Northwest Passage, Artic, & Antarctic explorer!!!

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

      Forgot to say that the second photo at top includes the Kirribilli neighbood of Grandpa Hammer, where Errol used to love to visit. The Hammer home on Carabella Street is in that photo.

      Here it is, at 54 Carabella:…

      • Gentleman Tim

        November 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        There’s no shame, Tina, in not understanding that the picture of the hammer was an allusion to Andrew Hammer – nor any need or good purpose to diminish the significant relationship between Errol and the man he considered his “Grandfather”.

        I don’t believe cousinship is restricted to blood relatives, nor by “first marriages only”. Do you have any source stating otherwise?

        How, in genealogical terms, would you define Errol’s relationship to Amundsen?

        Here’s some guidance:…

  4. David DeWitt

    November 23, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I’ve deleted a portion of one comment, and deleted entirely another comment due to blog comment guidelines.

    It’s important to remind ourselves we must all have great respect for each other on this blog.

  5. Gentleman Tim

    November 23, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Great article on Errol’s Love of the Sea, featuring in part his great fondness for Andrew Hammer, said to be a cousin of famed explorer Roald Amundsen. … Regardless of any relation, Errol was clearly very fond of and inspired by (Step) Grandfather Hammer. Young Errol’s experience on the famous five-masted schooner H.K. Hall is a great example why.

    Errol Flynn: A Life at Sea

    H.K. Hall, ready to launch, May 1902! A couple of decades later, it headed to Sydney, the New Zealand, then Peru.


  6. Gentleman Tim

    November 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Per research referenced yesterday on the other post related to this one, the reported relationship of Andrew Hammer, Errol’s (Step)”Grandfather”, to Roald Amundsen, the famed explorer: Initial leads indicate what MAY be the actual relationship, which, IMO, could actually possibly have been more significant than just being “a cousin” to Amundsen.

    As it turns out, one of the most significant (and quite controversial) figures in Amundsen’s career was a man he called “Uncle Haakon”. “Uncle” Haakon’s full name was Haakon H. Hammer. He was a very notable Norwegian shipbroker, who worked largely out of Seattle. He also had important roles in significant historical expeditions.

    As it turns out, however, “Uncle Haakon” (who shared a first name with the King Haakon of Norway) was not really Amundsen’s uncle. Rather, he was his (very creative and controversial) agent, representing him most notably for the legendary South Pole trip, I believe. They were very close.

    Though not certain, Andrew Hammer may have been related to “Uncle Haaken”, and may also been a shipbroker of sorts with connections to Seattle. This would perhaps explain why the H. K. Hall was said to be “his ship”.

    If Andrew was indeed “Uncle” Haakon’s cousin (or some other type of relative), that likely could have been the genesis of the story that he was Roald Amundsen’s “cousin”. Since Andrew was definitely “in the business”, his connection to Haakon & Amundsen could actually have involved more than mere “cousinship”. There may have been a seafaring connection.

    In any case, Errol certainly saw something very cool and significant in his “Grandfather” Hammer.

    Hammer family connections may be evidenced in the following:…

    That’s “Uncle Haakon” Hammer on the left, with Roald Amundsen!