I guess for now, this is my new web home.  The home page I had for years came up “Suspended” because they found malicious code there.  I didn’t put it there, so guess what?  Their systems are infected!  So, I’m glad to no longer be there.  I will try to fix this page up eventually.

If you want to read my testimony.




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  1. I had a great uncle, Robert Conary who was the paid captain on a bugeye ketch named Pandora of about the size and vintage of which you write. The owner was Mr. Ireland. She was based in New England circa 1930’s or 40″s. Could this be the same boat that was in your family, I wonder. I’d be sooo interested to see photos. I have one of her , too. Not digitalized yet. But will do so if you are interested.

    • Hi Anne! Thanks for getting in touch!

      Yes – Pandora was indeed built in Solomons, MD, at a builder there who no longer exists, I used to know the name. I flagged it a few years back, as I had done some research to see if I could actually see her on the roles of boats built by that builder. Here it is:

      Builder: M.M. Davis and Sons, Solomons, MD
      Year Built: 1930

      From this link at Woodenboat Magazine (online)

      My folks bought Pandora III in about 1970-71. At that time, she had been on the west coast for perhaps 10 years? I am not sure. I can’t find any printed pictures of her off hand, but I know we have slides. I have about 1,500 slides from my childhood that I have been meaning to convert to digital. I have to buy one of those converters…

      We owned Pandora through when I was in High School, I am guessing my dad sold her about 1976-77. I graduated (High School) in 1977, and my memory is very vague from that period. The stories we heard about Pandora were amazing though. The couple we got her from, they had tried sailing around the world I believe, suffered a “Knock down” in the middle of the Atlantic, at night, while they were asleep, and had to cut the sails off to get her to right herself, but she “Popped right up” apparently.

      She was rugged, built like a battleship! And somebody or other had installed a ladder on her foremast (I can never remember if you call them a “Ketch” and refer to the masts as if she were a Schooner, or vice-versa) that was like 45′ up (or so) and my buddy and I used to climb up there and sit up there or stand at the “Crow’s Nest” position for hours at a time, holding on sometimes for dear life in heavy seas. We were quite athletic kids, and had no worries of either falling or needing to be fished out of the water if we did (since we swam like fish). Crazy, I know!

      Ah – I do see her now on the historic list of boats built by M.M. Davis and Sons. Though they list her as a 51 foot vessel. Maybe at the waterline? I remember the Gross Tonnage was quite different though too, as that was stamped on a bulkhead in the forepeak, I thought it was 72 tons. She was 63′ on deck, and 77′ overall, with the bow-sprite. And with full sail on, she was awesome to sail on!


      I am always interested in seeing photos! Sorry I am so slow in responding… I forgot your comment was here actually, and just was remembering it today for some reason. =)

      And I will try to get some of my photos dug up and digitized.

      Thanks again for inquiring!

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