Designed after the classic New England Crosby Cat designed boats, The Selina II was built in 1926 at Sweets Shipyard in Greenport, NY. At 41'6" overall length and 16' beam. She is the largest of the surviving vintage catboats. She is gaff-rigged, with a 48' mast and a 35' boom.
On a normal sailing day we carry about 1000 sq. ft. of canvas and our guests are treated to an old fashioned sailing experience. In the fall of 1980, an extensive restoration was begun to keep the Selina II in sailing condition. Fifty-five new white oak ribs had to be fashioned, bent and installed. Additional flooring timbers were required, and then a replacement of the cockpit and cabin interior which had been removed to reveal the ribs. Except for some changes in the galley and storage areas, as well as accommodations for navigational and safety aids, the Selina II has been kept as nearly possible true to her original design, including a full 6'2" headroom in the open saloon.
In 1976, Selina II was among 90 US ships invited to participate in the Parade of Operation Sail in New York Harbor on the July 4th Bicentennial celebration. Since then she has been in the New York Harbor Festival in 1977, Boston's 350th anniversary in 1980, Norfolk, VA's Portfest in 1983, the Parade Of Ships in celebration of the Constitution's 200th anniversary in 1986, Albany's Portfest in 1989, Columbus's famous voyage parades in 1992, and OP Sail 2000 in New York and Boston.
Her ship's complement has included children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of her original owners. After seventy-five years of plying the waters of Long Island, the Selina II came to her new home on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. She sails in and around the St. Michaels area of the Eastern Shore. Raised on and around the Selina II, her current Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Iris Clarke is a grand daughter of her original owners.