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Thomas Gillmer
1911-2009
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 Thomas Gilmer served on light cruisers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. He became an instructor in naval construction, damage control, and marine engineering at the Naval Academy during World War II and eventually became chairman of the naval engineering department.

In 1967 he retired from active teaching at the Academy and began to devote full time to the design of yachts and ship replicas. Some of his most noted yacht designs include BLUE MOON Moon in 1946 followed by the SOUTHERN CROSS. In the early 1960s, he produced the design of what was to be of the first fiberglass yacht to circumnavigate the earth: the 30 foot Allied SEAWIND. The 32 foot SEAWIND II was his extension of the original design based on thousands of successful oceangoing Seawind miles. His design of the PRIVATEER 26 and 35 revealed his love for traditional lines, clipper bows, extended sprits, and counter transoms.

In 1976-77 he designed the 'Pride of Baltimore I' and, in 1979, the schooner 'Lady Maryland'. In 1986 the 'Pride of Baltimore I' was struck and sunk by a violent squall off the coast of Puerto Rico. Gillmer extended and modified his original design for additional seaworthiness and produced the 'Pride of Baltimore II'. Most recently, the overhaul of the 'USS Constitution' was carried out based on Gillmer's prepared studies.

Papers and drawings of Thomas Gillmer:
Chesapeake Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot Street
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
tel. 410-745-2916
www.cbmm.org
MS 111 Thomas Gillmer Manuscript Collection
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
BLUE MOON 23 23.00' / 7.01m 1943
BLUE WATER 24 24.00' / 7.32m 1961
SEAWIND (ALLIED) 30.50' / 9.30m 1962
PRIVATEER 26 26.42' / 8.05m 1966
PRIVATEER 35 41.42' / 12.62m 1968
ARIES 32 32.00' / 9.75m 1972
SEAWIND MK II CUTTER (ALLIED) 31.58' / 9.63m 1975
SOUTHERN CROSS 31 31.00' / 9.45m 1975
SEAWIND MK II KETCH (ALLIED) 31.58' / 9.63m 1975
ROUGHWATER 32 33.08' / 10.08m 1975
SOUTHERN CROSS 28 30.42' / 9.27m 1978
SOUTHERN CROSS 35 35.25' / 10.74m 1978
PASSAGE 24 24.50' / 7.47m 1979
SOUTHERN CROSS 39 39.00' / 11.89m 1981
WEATHERLY 32 31.67' / 9.65m 1983



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