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12 Foot "Camping" Sneakbox - Sheldrake

Sneakbox 'sheldrake' on display

The Sheldrake and her sister ship the Crab were used by Slade Dale and Frank Coyle to sail from New York city to Miami Florida via the intercostal waterway where possible. Each boat was equipped with a sail, oars, and, a Johnson Outboard motor to help when sailing was not expedient.

The trip started on October 8, 1925 when they set out from the beach at Bay Head Sailing offshore up the coast to New York Harbor where the voyage started from Battery Park on October 15, 1925. The boats finally arrived in Biscayne Bay at Miami in January of 1926. The story of their adventure was written as a series of articles for Yachting Magazine starting in February, 1926 and reprinted in F. Slade Dale The Life of His Choice by Sam Merrick.

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Sheldrake in the carriage house
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