Log of the Motor Yacht “Waban,” Boston Yacht Club, May – October, 1929.
Oblong 4to, 28 cm. Unpaginated. Daily manuscript entries from May through October.
According to the “List of Merchant Vessels,” there was a 48-foot motor yacht yacht “Waban,” built in 1928. According to this log, which documents her activities for the 1929 season, she was home ported in Boston. The log begins there, kept by Capt. C.B. MacDonald. The owner, Thomas Pelham, Jr. was a banker from Waban who spent much of June and July taking day trips with his wife in Boston Harbor and as far north as Marblehead. “Waban” also spent quite a bit of time in Lawley’s boat yard undergoing repairs and adjustments. Not until July 13 did they undertake a longer voyage, cruising from Marblehead to Annisquam, Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, then back to Boston by July 30. All this took place in the most leisurely manner, with stops for visits, guests on board, overnighters ashore for dances and dinners. This was followed by shorter voyages in August – to Gloucester, for example, and frequent visits to Lawley’s. Captain MacDonald was discharged owing to a bad leg, and Fred Lundgren took over as captain. Otherwise, things went on as usual, with daily cruises and entertainments. The Pelhams certainly had a great deal of free time that summer. They came aboard almost every day, and continued with short cruises, weather permitting, through September and October. They didn’t haul her out until October 21, 1929. Just in time, too. The Stock Market Crash came 3 days later, on October 24th. This is a record of the yachting lives of the privileged class in the golden days just before the depression. Very good condition, in canvas-covered boards, which are lightly stained. Contents clean and legible.