[Alan Bemis—home movies] Reel 6

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Donor notes: "Mixed Cruise 1941 Reel 1 Loves, windjammer" The yacht "Cirrus" is a Fisher Island Sound class sloop, sail number 11 with a distinctive red hull. She was built at Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, Bristol, RI, in 1930 (originally named Kelpie) and bought by Alan Bemis in 1934 or 1935. There were 14 boats in the class. LOA 44 ft. In 1954, Bemis converted Cirrus to a yawl rig. Bemis owned Cirrus for more than 50 years, sailing her almost exclusively in Maine and Canadian waters. A sister ship "Torch" (sail number 7) is on display at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol, RI. The mixed cruise was an annual event of men and women. Sailors accompanying the Bemises over the years included Sid and Kay Shurcliff, Murry and Nora Fairbank, Dwight and Henny Shepler. Sunset over water, cloudy. Shots from boat to Cirrus in Cobscook Falls tidal current. Cirrus sitting in dead calm under full sail reflected in water. Vieux Corbeau and Cirrus sail close to each other, and Alan hands a chart over to someone on Vieux Corbeau. Coastline views, bird life on bluffs, and three-masted schooner underway with almost full sail near Lubec Channel Light. Women on board bundled up against the cold. More POV shots from boat underway.

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