Everyone has heard of the name Sea Witch or seen pictures of boats claiming to be Sea Witch. While in Titusville, FL we happened upon the original.
A classic design ketch built-in the late 30’s, Sea Witch now sits in a slip at the dock in Titusville Municipal Marina. Dock hands have told me that no one has been aboard or around for a very long while. Marina residents concur and tell of the owners that started to bring her back into sailing shape and plans to move Sea Witch farther north to a museum. It’s all hearsay knowledge and no one had any real knowledge of what was to happen to the vessel.
I asked Cynthia, my wife, to take some pictures of Sea Witch for me. With new lenses on the camera she took a number of shots. Hope this gives you an idea of what Sea Witch looks like.
I did a little research, and found that this was truly the original Sea Witch Ketch, built 1937 – 1939. A racing heritage that included some very good showings in the Transpac sailboat race from the Los Angeles area to Diamond Head Hawaii in 1949 and winning the 1951 race on corrected time. We were not able to board the vessel, however, residents of the marina spoke of the interior being in original conditions and plaques commemorating its racing career.
Anyone with any experience with a wooden boat, or any boat, knows that constant upkeep is needed. Now it looks like the Florida weather elements have taken its toll on this beautiful boat.
During my short research I sent an email to www. Heritech.com/seawitch to let them know what I have found in hopes that someone would see the site and look into and possibly want to resurrect this old thoroughbred.
For more information and pictures check out the web site mentioned above. (There is a beautiful oil painting of Sea Witch under sail)
Here’s to saving the Sea Witch.