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Watson From page 1 Ship Rock outside of Isthmus Harbor. Originally built as something of a toy for the children of the wealthy and legendary Vanderbilt family, she weighed in at 30 tons and measured more than 60 feet in length. She was capa- bly designed for handling deep water sailing, particularly, after the installation in 1925 of a full keel to replace her original keel with auxiliary centerboard, along with a General Motors diesel. According to documents from Lloyd's of London, the ship actu- ally burned in 1927 but was rebuilt short- ly thereafter to her origi- nal glory. A few more modifica- tions and a change of engine or two and by the early Jim Watson 1950s the Diosa found Columnist herself on the West Coast, oper- ating out of Newport Beach. The Ship was well cared for over the years and in 1979 she won the Serena Cup as the fastest schooner in the popular Newport to Ensenada Race. After that, she sailed from Los Angeles to Hilo, Hawaii, where she was operated as a char- ter vessel until 1982 when she once again returned to the West Coast--for the last time. The Diosa del Mar was truly one of the great yachting vessels of a bygone era and no doubt would have graced the high seas for many years to come. But all At the end of the 1990 Fireman's Race, a small powerboat suddenly came racing out of Isthmus Harbor toward the great Diosa. good things must come to an end and on July 30, 1990, she met a sudden and inglorious end thanks to the careless actions of a power- boat operator. Just at the end of the 10th annual Fireman's Race in which the Diosa was taking part, a small powerboat suddenly came racing out of Isthmus Harbor toward the great schooner. The Diosa's captain, Eddie Weinberg, was instantly faced with a life or death situation. He opted to steer the Diosa straight into the imposing mass of Ship Rock at a full 12 knots rather than risk the lives of the occupants of the wayward speedboat. Twelve knots may not seem like light- ning speed, but it is plenty fast to rip up the bottom of a sailing vessel. The ship settled into the deep and there she became a favorite dive destination and the object of numerous attempts to salvage her. Of particular interest to sal- vage operators was her valuable lead keel weighing in at a whop- ping 20 tons. Two brothers, Don and Ed Huseman, emerged as the victors in the pursuit of this keel making at least 20 trips to Catalina. After removing the masts and much of the debris around the ship (including the aforementioned stem), the two brothers and their crew set about raising the keel. Normally in marine salvage operations such as this, a num- ber of small "lift bags" are used. The bags are fastened to the item to be raised and are then filled with air. Even with extremely heavy objects, the combined lift- ing force of many such bags will slowly bring the item to the sur- face. The Huseman brothers, how- ever, decided to use one large tank to bring the keel to the surface for the simple reason that they felt it would be easier to control than a number of smaller bags. Despite a number of failed attempts, their efforts finally paid off and in 1996 the keel was retrieved and towed to Long Beach. The remaining pieces of the Diosa del Mar are destined to remain here on Catalina for eter- nity. OF OVERSTOCK & SLOW MOVING MARINE HARDWARE & SAILS! 1500 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa CA 92627 (949) 548-4192 - fax (949) 548-1075 - Price of Senior Pass to National Parks to rise Aug. 28 In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful--National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The change will take effect Aug. 28. 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