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"The true peace of God   
begins at any point   
1,000 miles from the   
nearest land."    
Joseph Conrad   


Photos – 2017


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May 13, 2017: 7th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Ben Cushwa) Visit Nautography for more photos.


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(photos by Craig Ligibel) More photos here.


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(photos by Dick Cooper) More photos posted here.

Photos – 2016


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May 14, 2016: 6th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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(photos by Deborah Albers) More photos on Facebook of the start and finish.

More photos: a ride on Old Point, here, from Lauren's Photography, here, and from Spinsheet photographer Dan Phelps, here.

Photos – 2015


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May 16, 2015: 5th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

More photos on Facebook of the start and finish of the Elf Classic Yacht Race.

Photos – 2014


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May 17, 2014: 4th Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan Phelps for SpinSheet) See entire gallery here.

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(photos by Deborah Albers) More photos on Facebook of the race start at EYC and awards ceremony and reception at CBMM
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(photos by Rick Otis) The race start and more photos of the Elf Classic here.

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"A Classic Day on the Bay" photos and slide show by Craig Ligibel here.

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(photos by Dan McGrath). Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

Photos – 2013


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May 18, 2013: 3rd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan McGrath). Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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(photos by Deborah Albers) More photos on Facebook of the start and finish of the 3rd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race.

Photos – 2012


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May 19, 2012: 2nd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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(photos by Deborah Albers) More photos on Facebook of the start and finish of the 2nd Annual Elf Classic Yacht Race.

Photos – 2011


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Sept. 18, 2011: 2nd Annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Race
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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July 30-31, 2011: Squan Tri-Sail
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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May 20-21, 2011: Elf Classic Yacht Race
(photos by Dan McGrath) Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos.

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(photos by Deborah Albers) More photos on Facebook of the start and finish of the Elf Classic Yacht Race.

Photos – 2010


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Oct. 28-31, 2010: Downrigging weekend in
Chestertown, MD
(photos by Deborah Albers)
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Sept. 19, 2010: Nat'l. Sailing Hall of Fame Classic Sailboat Race in Annapolis (photos by Deborah Albers)
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Aug., 2010: CYRG volunteers sand, scrape, and paint bottom and topsides of Elf (photos by Deborah Albers)
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May, 2010: Re-bedding Elf's fir stripped decks
(photos by Deborah Albers)
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May, 2010: Rowing Vida at St. Mikes
(photos by Deborah Albers)

Photos – 2009


Sept, 2009: Keels and Wheels, Annapolis;
St. Mikes day sail (photos by Deborah Albers)

June, 2009: Elf returns to New England; Wooden Boat show at Mystic Seaport (photos 1-2 by Dan McGrath). Visit Dan's Flickr page for more photos of Elf's New England Adventure

Photos – 2008


Sept 2008: Elf fully rigged at the Independence Seaport Museum (photos by Andy Slavinskas)

July-Aug 2008: Annapolis, Sassafras and Georgetown, MD. (photos 1-6 by Dan McGrath, 7-8 by Scott Neuman)

July 20, 2008: Elf sailing on the Sassafras (photos 1-2 by Dan McGrath, 4-6 by Janosh Wolters)
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July 16, 2008: Elf sets sail for a trial run at the Independence Seaport Museum
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July 2008: Elf at Independence Seaport Museum (photos 1-3 by Bill Hamilton, 4-7 by Dan McGrath). For more detailed views of Elf's rig be sure to check the Independence Seaport Museum's workshop on the water at woodboatbuilder.com.
  
Stepping Elf's mast (photos by Dan McGrath)
 
June 2008: Elf's mast, spars and deck (photos 1-2 by Neal Carter, 3-5 by Deborah Albers)

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April 18, 2008: Elf launched (photos 1-2 by Deborah Albers, 3 by Bill Hamilton)

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April 14, 2008: Elf emerges from her shed and is transported by Miller's Marine Service (Chestertown, MD) to Rock Hall (photos 1-3, 6-8 by Bill Sonntag)

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March-April 2008: Elf's Bow art (by J. Kevin Titter) and Transom (photos 1-2 by Rick Carrion, 3 by Bill Sonntag)

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March 2008: Elf's rudder, head, and prop!
(photos by Bill Hamilton)

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Jan. 2008: Elf main salon details (photos by Deborah Albers)

Elf Project Photos – 2007

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Dec. 2007: Galley installation (constructed and photographed by Bill Hamilton)

 

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July 14, 2007: Elf work party (photos by Deborah Albers).

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June 17, 2007: Bow and stern views after bulwark installation (photos by Rick Carrion)

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May 23, 2007: Deck after installation of skylight and hatches, made in angelique wood by Graham Ero; interior views of skylight and galley (photos by Brian McCandless)

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May 7, 2007: Deck after caulking and installation of angelique companionway hatch; note carved tiller handle on right-most photograph (photos by Brian McCandless)

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Mar. 6, 2007: Views of the decking during installation (photos by Rick Carrion)

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Jan. 6, 2007 (from left): more deck planks laid and close-up of bronze gammon irons which will support the bowsprit (photos by Brian McCandless)

Elf Project Photos – 2006

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Dec. 17th, 2006 (from left): port side bow, mid-ship chain plates and whisker stay plate, stern view with deck planks, top view showing plank #1 laid in place (photos by Brian McCandless)

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December 2006 interior progress (from left): forward vee berth, salon bulkhead, salon ceiling and starboard chain plates, chain plate detail (photos by Brian McCandless)

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June 17th, 2006 Work Day (from left): Amy, Cinda and Cindy organize the interior while Paul Bartholemew sands, Julie Baker applies lacquer to figurehead, and Greg Smith paints an interior panel (photos by Rick Carrion)

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Elf's sail plan (left) and lignum vitae blocks (right).
From John Brady (Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA)

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Figurehead takes shape in May/June 2006 — note matching tiller arm carving (right-most photo).

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Elf's new lead keel ballast (May 2006).

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Removing Elf's steel keel ballast to make way for a new lead keel in May 2006.

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April 2006 views of Elf (left to right): from starboard quarter looking forward across samson post; interior view through forward bulkhead into vee-berth; interior view towards engine through rear bulkhead.

Elf Project Photos – pre-2006

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Shutter plank installation in 2000, showing Rick Carrion (white hat), Graham Ero (green hat), and Brad Walker at stern.

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Keelson in 1992, showing one of the original iron "floors" that helped Elf hold her shape for over 100 years.

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Elf in 1992 after re-location to Earleville, MD for restoration.

Historical Photos

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 Elf's number board, uncovered during restoration.

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United States Custom House documents from 1892 showing Elf's registered hull number (136276) and tonnage (7.83).

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Elf and Beatrice taken by John S. Johnson between 1890 and 1900.  The photograph is dry emulsion on glass plate in Library of Congress, assessed in 1949 as a gift from State Historical Society of Colorado.  The yacht Beatrice was a sister ship built by Lawley in the same period as Elf.

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Elf on port tack off Marblehead, July 6, 1889 (Courtesy MIT Museum).

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Elf running off Marblehead, June 22, 1888 (Courtesy MIT Museum).


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