this sixth boro vessel, or
Nope. Here’s the one, but it turns out the name Pioneer in many fields is like the last name Smith in this country . . . very common. It’s a sexy name in art, politics, religion, science . . . the list goes on. The vessel below gets its name from
a foundry located on the Delaware River. See a whole set of 1987 fotos on this vessel in its Marcus Hook birthplace starting here on page 58. Notice the star outline? This bow shot shows what
downrig looks like. Also notice the flat and barge-like lines of her hull, effective for its first role back 125 years ago as a sand sloop, yes, sloop. Her draft is variable, 4.5′ centerboard up and 12′ with it fully down. For a view of her deck, click here.
So back to this . . . .
And could the artist be the master of Pioneer?
For now, enjoy these fotos, all taken by Will Van Dorp in 2010 and 2007.