Here are a few photos of L.A.’s “Official Tall Ships,” the ST/V Irving Johnson and ST/V Exy Johnson.
Also known as the Twin Brigantines, these boats were built by hand using traditional methods, and are operated by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute as part of their TopSail sail training program.
During their construction, I was given access to the yard and allowed to photograph the entire process, from the day the keel was laid to the eventual launch and commissioning. Some of those photos are here, and others are on a separate web site at www.Brigantines.com. I hope you enjoy them.
Construction began in the parking lot adjacent to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Once the hulls were complete, they were moved to Washorn Basin (now Cabrillo Way Marina) for completion.
At the start of the project, bleachers were set up at the Maritime Museum so anyone interested could have a seat and watch the craftsmen at work. Later, when the boats were moved to Washorn Basin, access to the “Brigantine Boatworks” was restricted. The web site was updated every week or two allowing the public to get frequent updates on construction.
For more, visit the web site www.Brigantines.com.