Schooner Etak


Schooner Etak

The two-masted, gaff-rigged auxiliary schooner "Etak" (later "Electric Light", "Vega", USS "Juniata", "Te Vega"; now "Deva") was designed by New York naval architects Cox & Stevens in 1929 for American businessman Walter Graeme Ladd and his wife, Catherine (“Kate”) Everit Macy Ladd. "Etak" ("Kate" spelled backwards) was built at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft shipyard in Kiel, Germany, and launched in 1930. She is among the largest steel-hulled schooners afloat.The ship has changed hands over fifteen times and has undertaken a variety of functions: private yacht, United States Navy patrol vessel during World War II, charter yacht in the West Indies and French Polynesia, research vessel for Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station, and school ship for seaborne prep school the Flint School. She is one of the few tall ships to have appeared in a feature film, the cinerama travelogue "South Seas Adventure".

Some of the ship's more colorful owners have been Hans-Wilhelm Röhl, co-owner of the Rohl-Connolly Co. (builder of the Port of Los Angeles breakwaters) and investigated in 1942 for pro-Nazi sympathies, aviation pioneer Thomas F. Hamilton, Crane Co. heir Cornelius Crane, renowned Honolulu-based skipper Omer Darr, Stimson Lumber Co. scion Harold Miller, Dutch financier (and kundalini yoga teacher) Pieter Schoonheim Samara, and Calisto Tanzi, disgraced ex-chairman of the Parmalat group. Since January 2006 she has been owned by Italian fashion magnate Diego Della Valle (Tod's et al.).

She was built with a 200-hp American Winton marine diesel engine, which was replaced by a 400-hp English Mirrlees in the 1950s. From the mid-1990s she has had a 700-hp German MTU. Launched with a black hull, she has had white and dark blue hulls as well. She has flown the flags of the United States, France, Liberia, Panama, The Netherlands, and Italy (current).

Dimensions: LOA, 156 feet; draft, 17 feet; beam, 28 feet.

In the press

* Untitled Winton Engine Company advertisement with photo ("The Rudder", May 1930).
* "Die Schonerjachten ‚Cressida' und ‚Étak', erbaut auf der Fried. Krupp..." ("Schiffbau – Schiffahrt und Hafenbau", January 1, 1931).
* "Modern Sailing Dream Becomes Reality Today" ("Bennington Evening Banner", June 10, 1955).
* "Te Vega Cruises" ("Plant Science Bulletin", No. 112, July 15, 1965).
* "Birds Observed on Various Polynesian Islands aboard the Research Ship Te Vega" ("Elepaio", No. 27, 1966).
* "Aspects of the Physiology of Terrestrial Life in Amphibious Fishes" ("Journal of Experimental Biology", No. 50, 1969).
* "Nitrogen Uptake by Phytoplankton in the Discontinuity Layer of the Eastern Subtropical Pacific Ocean" ("Limnology and Oceanography", September 1970).
* "Studies on the fauna associated with the deep scattering layer (DSL) in the equatorial Indian Ocean, conducted on R/V TE VEGA during October and November 1964" [proceedings of an international symposium on biological sound-scattering in the ocean, 1972] .
* "The Living Ship Still Lives" ("Yachting", January 1973).
* "»Quite normal pupils«...nur ganz billig ist für sie die schwimmende Schule nicht" ("Kieler Chronik", October 4, 1974).
* "Jovens americanos gostaram de ver brasileiro sempre sorrindo" ("A Província do Pará", April 15, 1975).
* "Ecology of "Conus" on Eastern Indian Ocean Fringing Reefs" ("Marine Biology", March 1975).
* "Bermuda Gets an Early Taste of Tall Ship Fever" ("Royal Gazette", May 27, 1976).
* Cover photo ("The Bermudian", August 1976).
* "Marine Algae of the Te Vega 1965 Expedition in the Western Pacific Ocean" ("Atoll Research Bulletin", No. 209, May 1977).
* "Eine komplette höhere Schule kam unter Schonersegeln nach Lübeck" ("Lübecker Nachrichten", October 28, 1977).
* "Te Vega in Leningrad" ("The Yacht", June 1986).
* "Tweemastschoener TE VEGA onder Nederlandse vlag" ("Spiegel der Zeilvaart", issue No. 1, 1988).
* "An East-West Sail For the Environment" ("New York Times", June 5, 1989).
* "Tweemastschoener TE VEGA van klassiek jacht tot schoolschip" ("Spiegel der Zeilvaart", issue No. 8, 1990).
* "The International Program of Research on "Latimeria" in the 1960s" ("Environmental Biology of Fishes", April 1993).
* "Benthic Marine Algae from the Maldives, Indian Ocean, Collected During the R/V Te Vega Expedition" ("Contributions from the University of Michigan Herbarium", Vol. 19, May 1993).
* "Refitting del Te Vega" ("Nautica – Mensile internazionale di navigazione", November 1996).
* "«Te Vega», una nuova stella per il RINA" (Registro Italiano Navale press release, 1998).
* "Décès d'Omer Darr, pionnier du tourisme de luxe à la voile" ("Tahiti-Pacifique", November 1999).
* "An Affair to Remember" ("SAIL", August 2003).
* "La scheda: il Te Vega" ("Corriere della Sera", January 28, 2004).
* "Yachtverlust" ("Financial Times Deutschland", April 7, 2005).
* "Della Valle acquista lo yacht di Tanzi" ("Corriere della Sera", January 21, 2006).
* "A Diego Della Valle il 'Te Vega' di Tanzi" ("Città della Spezia", January 23, 2006).
* "In cantiere a Genova il «Te Vega» e altri 5 scafi d'epoca" (ANSA, February 2, 2006).
* "Большая мировая вода" ("Novaya Gazeta" monthly color supplement, May 2006).
* "Ban bèk – Barku di bella" ("Èxtra Boneiru", August 8, 2006).
* "Capri, aperitivo e tuffo per il Ministro" ("Capri Press", August 14, 2007).

In books

* "Report of the Army Pearl Harbor Board" (Washington, D.C.: United States Army, 1945).
* "Windjammer Lübeck – Kiel 1972" (Herford: Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft, 1972).
* "Windjammer Parade 1972" (Hamburg: Gerhard-Stalling-Verlag, 1972).
* "The Tall Ships: Official OpSail '76 Portfolio" (New York: Sabine Press, 1976).
* "Les Antilles aujourd'hui" (Paris: Éditions JA, 1979).
* "Beken of Cowes: A Century of Tall Ships" (London: Harrap, 1985).
* "Les grands voiliers à Bordeaux" (Paris: Burdin, 1990).
* "Catalogue of the Benthic Marine Algae of the Indian Ocean" (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996).
* "The Superyachts – Vol. 11" (Kingston upon Thames: Boat International Publications, 1998).
* "50 Years of Ocean Discovery" (Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2000).
* "Vele d'Epoca nel mondo" (Milan: Edizioni Gribaudo, 2002).
* "Oceanographic History: The Pacific and Beyond" (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002).
* "Pride of the Sea: Courage, Disaster, and a Fight for Survival" (Seacaucus: Citadel Press, 2004).
* "Fred Terman at Stanford: Building a Discipline, a University, and Silicon Valley" (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004).
* "View From the Top of the Mast" ( [self-published] , 2006).
* "Vele allo specchio" (Milan: Mondadori, 2006).

In paintings

* Thomas Wells: "Vega and Zaca".
* Anthony Brandrett: "Yachting Off Cowes".


=In moving

* "South Seas Adventure" (New York premier July 15, 1958).
* "Soviet-American Sail" (America's Defense Monitor, original air date June 24, 1990).

External links

* [http://alumni.landmarkschool.org/?watermark "Te Vega" as a floating adjunct to the Landmark School, 1982–1990]
* [http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/april27/hopkins-042705.html Stanford reunion of former "Te Vega" shipmates]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE2DC143FF936A35755C0A96F948260 Soviet-American Sail in the "New York Times"]
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-j/ix77.htm Résumé of USS "Juniata"'s wartime service]
* [http://www.enterpriseintegrators.com/flint/HistoryOfShips Palmer Stevens' running history]


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