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Diosa del Mar under sail in 1979
|Builder:||A.C. Brown and Sons, Tottenville, NY|
|Renamed:||Uncas, Wal Gar, Bonnie Doone, and finally Diosa del Mar|
|1979 Serena Cup: fastest schooner in the Newport to Ensenada Race|
|Fate:||Sunk at Catalina Island, July 30, 1990|
|Notes:||Burned and rebuilt in 1927|
|Class and type:||Schooner|
|Tons burthen:||30 tons|
|Length:||66 ft 6 in (20.27 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Propulsion:||Sterling gas engine (1916), GM Diesel engine (1925), 6-cylinder Chrysler engine (1951)|
|Sail plan:||Sail area 3,321 square ft. (308.5 m2)|
The two-masted wooden schooner was designed by A. Cary Smith and built in 1898 by the firm of A.C. Brown and Sons of Tottenville, New York. It was originally christened Uncas after the famous chief of the Mohegan tribe. Through various owners, the name was subsequently changed to Wal Gar, Bonnie Doone, and finally Diosa del Mar. In Lloyd's Register of American Yachts it appears as Bonnie Doone until finally disappearing from the registry in 1959 under the ownership of a Dr. Irving E. Laby in Los Angeles, California.
The yacht was originally built as a staysail craft for the children of the wealthy Vanderbilt clan. As originally built she weighed 30 tons, was 66 feet 6 inches (20.27 m) long, had a total sail area of 3,321 square feet (308.5 m2), and a draft of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m). The Diosa was perfectly capable of deep ocean travel. Following the installation in 1916 of a Sterling gas engine, the vessel's capabilities were quite advanced. By 1925 she sported a full keel (modified from her original keel with auxiliary centerboard) and a GM Diesel engine.
According to Lloyd's, the Diosa was burned and rebuilt in 1927. By 1951 she had been refitted with a six-cylinder Chrysler engine and was operating out of Newport Beach, California.
In 1979 she won the Serena Cup as the fastest schooner in the Newport to Ensenada Race (California to Mexico). Subsequently, she sailed from Los Angeles to Hilo, Hawaii, where she operated as a charter until 1982 under the ownership of Roy Eugene "Gene" Deshler and Margo Deshler along with their two children Karen Smith and Stephen A. Smith. After returning to Los Angeles, she placed second in the Newport to Ensenada race of 1983. For most of the rest of her life she operated as a charter out of Long Beach, California.
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