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 Charles Gerard Davis

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Charles Gerard Davis

  • Birth 22 Jul 1870 Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA
  • Death 22 Jan 1959 Port Washington, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Burial New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Plot Lot 99
  • Memorial ID 73037123

Children:
Camilla b.1897
Theodore W. b.1899
Carrie Belle b.1900
William T. b.1902

Charles Gerard married Minnie Webber in 1896 she was born in 1877. Charles was one of America's most noted authorities on wooden sailing vessels.

He and his older brother, William, built their own boat in 1884, cruising the Hudson and Western Long Island Sound before purchasing, refitting and racing an old sandbagger.
In 1889 he went to work in New York as a draftsman for William Gardner, the Clydeside Scots steam yacht designer, and filling in on a job at T.R. Webber's boat shop where he began to do some independent designing. His eyesight became affected and in 1892 he signed on as an AB on the Bark "JAMES A. WRIGHT" out of Boston for a trip around Cape Horn to Chile. After he then spent another year in Gardner's office, before again going to sea in the schooner "J. PERCY BERTRAM" in the West Indies trade. Upon his return from this trip, he began to design racing boats for Webber and later for Larry Huntington in New Rochelle, N.Y.
In 1898 he joined the staff of The Rudder and was its design editor for several years. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Elco Boat Builders, managing their plans at Halifax, N.S. and Montreal where wooden submarine chasers were being assembled for England. In 1917 he became general manager of the Trailer Ship Building Corporation at Cornwells, Pa. supervising the building of wooden steam, and after the War he became associated with the United States Maritime Service. From 1925 to 1927 he was in retirement in St. Petersburg, Florida, but returned to Port Washington to work as a draftsman under A. Couch for Toms & King, Inc.
In 1935 Davis again retired. He moved to Cazenovia, N.Y. and began building ship models in a studio owned by Olephant Remington, son of Frederick Remington of Remington Arms. Many of of his models are on display in the Stillman Building at Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum in Mystic, Conn. In 1940 he was called out of retirement by the Navy to become head hull inspector for wooden PT boats and minesweepers at the Nevins, Jacobs and United Shipyards at City Island, N.Y. He retired for a third time at the end of World War II.
In 1899 he skippered the "Genesee" of the Rochester Club to win the "Canada's Cup" sailing race held off Toronto. He was a charter member of the Cruising Club. He was also an enthusiastic and skillful racer of small boats, and often enlisted his sons, Theodore and William, to crew for him. As an author, he wrote many technical articles for Yachting, The Rudder, Motor Boat and other magazines. He wrote a novel "Around Cape Horn" as well as several books on sailing ships and ship models. He died in Manor Haven on January 22, 1959 in Port Washington, Nassau Co., NY at age 80.


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  • Created by: Jon Tallman
  • Added: 8 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73037123
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Gerard Davis (22 Jul 1870–22 Jan 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73037123, citing Beechwoods Cemetery, New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jon Tallman (contributor 47178062) .