Pan Am seaplane service boats

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Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:18 am

Hello,

I had post this on another forums, but as directly related, I thought to post here too.

When the Pan American airways used seaplanes in their flights, there were some boats used to assist the their operations in the bases around the world.

While searching about the Pan Am seaplane operations in the Horta harbour, in Faial island , Azores, I start to be interested by these boats.

From some research, I learned that it is possible that Pan Am used standardized hull designs, from wooden boat builders, like Chris Craft, Wheeler, Julius Peterson, Stephens, etc. with own cabin designs specifications, but probably based in the motorboats and cabin cruisers of the builders. There is also athe possibility that some some shipyards, local to the seaplane bases, build some of these boats, probably smaller, general purpose ones.

With all the web search, I have already identified a few of the boats/boatbuilders. I looked for vintage boats, and compared with the old seaplane images. I find some boats that share the "looks", but not a single "match". That seems to confirm that they were dedicated construction /design, and not "off the shelf" direct adaptations from the "standard" designs of the builders.

So I thought in sharing some images, and see in anyone knows more information or have an idea of the boat type, and the shipyard/builder. More photos of boats of the same type are welcome to. They were built in 1933-1939 era.

Panair XVI-A (type)
From a 1942 Boat Review,a "Julius Peterson" ad, a 36' boat
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From a VanBlerck exaust ad
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Unknow:
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Pan Am boat at pontoon pier at the Seaplane Base, Noumea (panair XVN?-P)
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Other identified boat, Panair XI-P
This was made in the Stephens Bros. shipyard, in California.
Hull nº 634, cruiser, 36 ft, 23 October 1937
(source: http://shipbuildinghistory.com/history/ ... ephens.htm )
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This is the same boat also mentioned here:
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source:http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=ForumsPro&file=viewtopic&p=133500

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Re: Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:23 am

Unknown type:
In New York and Florida seaplane bases (for reference purposes, from croped Life photos, freely available in google images - source:life)
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Seems to be this this type (from Sterling engines ad, Back cover of Aug 1944 Yachting), with some diferencies in the stern.
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It looks a Chris-Craft cabin cruiser, or a Century deluxe sedan type, maybe a Wheller?
UPDATE: It seems to be a "Boat Service Company", from New York, purpose build/design, made for the Pan Am.

Other unknown, used in Dinner Key, Miami
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(source: http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:1866)

In Brasil
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(source: http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:510)

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Re: Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:26 am

In Hawaii (croped photos for reference purposes, from the Hawaii history website)

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Re: Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:37 am

A new ones:

Circa 1939. I think is one of the same type, as some images of the first post.

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croped from this source: http://www.historynyc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=55612334

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Looks to be the same boat of the one in my previus post.
From an ebay aucion " Pan American Airways Old Seaplane Base sea boat Press Photo" , just for ilustration purposes

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This one is a Wheller, not sure about the year or model, maybe 1937 - 1941?
From the book Wings to the Orient: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost ... stcount=26

Any info and more photos is welcome!

Sources:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1562505
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... 505&page=2
http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/vi ... 2&t=102877

Update:

This seem to be a similar boat in the last photo, look at the handrail(?) at the cabin rear.
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Update: it seems that it isn't a handrail, but part of the supports for a removable winter/rain cover.

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Re: Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:33 am

With all night websearch, I identify one more: a J.N. Blanchard "boeing service boat" in a undated photo.It looks to be one of the clipper service boats, made in 1938

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source
http://www.rubylane.com/item/357522-937 ... ruce-Goose
http://www.goantiques.com/original-howard-hughes-810951

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Re: Pan Am seaplane service boats

Postby GMendes » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:51 pm

One more service boat, built in 1935 by the "George W. Kneass Co." shipyard, similar to other fishing boats from that shipbuilder.

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From expired ebay photo and ad auctions, for ilustration purposes.

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