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Paul Ingle's Seminole, Pacific Dolphin #284, Mystic, Connecticut updated August 18, 2013 SOLD


May 27, 2010. Former owner Paul Ingle reported Seminole has been sold to David Farrell who lives nearby. The ad for the boat appears at the end on the page. The following pictures were provided by Paul. We are standing by to hear from David.

June 8, 2012. David Farrel has listed Seminole For Sale on Craigs List. He is asking $7000. Here is the link to the ad http://newlondon.craigslist.org/boa/3047285911.html

Sailboat - Dolphin 24 sloop - $7000 (Mystic)

Date: 2012-05-30, 4:11PM EDT
Reply to: bdzpz-3047285911@sale.craigslist.org

Classic design sloop in very good condition. Includes extra sails, GPS, 9 hp outboard, trailer


July 12, 2012. Josh Lyons checked in as Seminole's new owner. Click here to go there



Here is the history of Seminole as we had it from Paul Ingle

At Mystic Seaport

    InIn her slip at Fort Rachael Marine                   



In a breeze on Fishers Island Sound

Nice trailer!

There are also a number of interior photos below, and a link to a page with Seminole's slide out galley.


Paul checked in with the website on July 27, 2007. Here is his email.

Hi Ron,

While I was going through various web sites yesterday looking for pictures of the incredible 140' ketch " Hetairos" that spent a couple of days tied up to the "Brilliant" dock at the (Mystic) Seaport, I was fortunate enough to just happen upon your site......

I've had my eye out for just such a site for years, and my heart skipped a beat when I spotted yours. I met and talked with you at the Seaport show in which Marionette was a featured vessel a couple of years ago. In fact, I think I may be in one of the photos that you provided. I might be (the guy) between the "M" and "N" flags in the picture of Marionette in the restoration section of the site.

I own the "Seminole" which you show in the "What' s New section, for July 11th.  As far as I know, I'm the third owner. I don't know the first owner, but I bought her from Samuel K. and Phyllis M. Simpson on May 1, 1989 for $12,000, which included a Trail Rite 4 Wheel Trailer.  They lived in Erie, PA.  She was built by Pacific Dolphin in May 1977, with hull number 284 stamped on her transom PDM2840577.She came with a 9.8 hp Mercury Outboard that was three years old and a long list of extras.  I first saw her advertised in the March 1989 Issue of "Soundings", and after several letters and phone conversations I bought her "sight unseen" based on trust that what Sam was telling me was the truth. It was all true!!! He was a man of his word. I had asked about surveyors, etc. but in the end, kept the cost down by buying it "As is". I got Dale Johnson, yard mechanic at Fort Rachel Marina to tow it home. On May 19th 1989, Sam had a friend of his tow it through 5" of fresh snow from Erie to Syracuse, N.Y.  We met at noon in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn in Syracuse. We changed tow trucks, all had a happy / sad lunch together in the Ramada , said our goodbyes and she has been at Fort Rachel ever since.  

When Sam had her, she was named "Staunch Dolphin". I later named her "Seminole" after a clipper ship built by my wife’s ancestor Nathan G. Fish at the Maxon, Fish & Co. shipyard in West Mystic, and launched in 1865, Thus favoring both Ancestor and Location. Besides, the 1865 Seminole was a ship of real beauty and power, just as her namesake. 

Let me know if you have some specific questions, and I'll try to answer them.   I've raced it a bit with very good fortune. I dearly the boat, but I've never once slept on her, or voyaged afar. But, that's another story.

Thanks again, for all your effort- it's a great site. I hope you're able keep it going for awhile.

Best regards,



Paul sent in the following email with some interesting history tidbits. Paul worked at North American Aviation in southern California about the same time as John Shumaker, the founder of Yankee Yachts, and coincidently, 'ran into" a guy building a Shaw 24 out there.

                                                                                             March 19, 2008

Dear Ron,

Just thought that you, and maybe a few others, might be interested in the following bits of history.

I graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Rhode Island in January 1955, and accepted a job as an Aero-Thermo Dynamicist with North American Aviation in Los Angeles. I was only on the job for a short while when the word got around the Thermodynamics Labratory that I was a sailor- there weren’t too many of us back in those days, so I was a bit of a rarity. My fellow workers soon said that I should meet Ted Melsheimer who came in quite frequently as an outside contractor to drain the accumulated water from the filters in the high pressure air lines in the Lab and keep the system clean.

They said that he was also a sailor, and was building a sailboat nearby in Torrance. It wasn’t long before I was introduced to him, and being sailors, we hit it off immediately. He invited me to visit his project and check it out. He had moved most of the machinery out of his big shop and was close to finishing a 38’ strip- planked  “Controversy”  sloop designed by Cy Hamlin up in Maine. I helped him finish it, and got to cruise and race in the finished product a number of times. 

Skipping on to December 1958, I was in the Barber Shop one day and looking at the April 1958 copy of Yachting Magazine and came across the famous story about Wilbur L. Scranton’s little Shaw 24, Trina, of Milford, CT.  Well, I fell in love with it right there and then, and the next time I saw Ted, I told him all about my “Dream Boat”.  He said, “ You like that little boat, do you”.  When I said “You Bet”, he then replied, “ Well come on back to my shop again. I’ve moved all the machinery out again and I’m nearly finished strip planking one identical to it. I really like it also.”  Well, the program I was working on at NAA, was about to shut down due to funding and other, political reasons, so I was headed back East at that time, and come February 1959, my wife and I were headed for Connecticut and a new career. Unfortunately, my association with Ted also ended, so I have no further knowledge to add about Ted’s copy of Trina. I do, however have a copy before me of the article about Trina, and also a copy of the Shaw 24 MORC Centerboard Yawl lines from the same article.

The other bit of interest is that the job I had at North American Aviation was helping to design and wind tunnel test the air inlet system for the six engines that powered the famous/infamous B-70 Bomber. It was very exciting. Nothing like it had ever been done before.

I do not recall ever meeting John Shumaker of Yankee Yachts. Perhaps our times at NAA   did not match, or if we did work on the program at the same time, our paths didn’t cross.  Can you find out what his starting date was?  Also, did he ever cross  paths with  my friend, Ted Melsheimer who lived in the Palos Verde Hills?   It would be interesting to find out if Ted’s’  wooden strip– planked  Shaw 24 turned out to be as nice as the Controversy that I helped him with.

That’s all for now.

Best wishes,

Paul (Seminole, Pacific Dolphin # 284)

Webmaster Note: John has had some problems with his email so I call him every so often with a list of questions. I'll put this on my list. Update April 30, 2010. John worked at NAA for a couple of years in the late 1950's. Does not recall ever meeting either Ted or Paul.


September 19, 2008 - As part of doing some research on Dolphin interiors your webmaster met with Paul and had a 'tour' of Seminole. Paul races Seminole and excess weight is always on his mind. Seminole has a 'sliding galley' that slides back into what would be the port quarter berth when not in use. Paul does not have much use for a galley these days so this unit is stored, not in the port quarter but in his cellar! This provided the opportunity for some interesting pictures. I tried to lift it - maybe a 100lbs?

For more pictures click here.


May 1, 2010 Some interior pictures

Starboard side dinette seat

Dinette table, folded; electrical panel

Porta potti head; sliding door

Head locker and radio

Port sette and quarterberth (sliding galley location)



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