Introduction, Bios and Supporters of the The William H Albury and the Traveler
This website is in support of Scott Weatherford's work to restore the schooner, The William H Albury and the yacht, Traveler. Scott assumed stewardship of The William H Albury in December 2019 from David Wright. He was gifted Traveler from Caroline Stafford in February 2020.
Please have a look at the incredible progress being made by Hamilton and Phil. Note that COVID-19 has delayed work being done on her. Presently, Traveler is making her way to Man-O-War.
Whether you have great memories of the William H Albury or the Traveler, or you are a wooden boat or Man-O-War Cay enthusiast, please consider making a donation to this cause using one of the options above.
Also, please visit the Traveler and William H Albury page on Facebook to find details and updates on this project.
Scott, age 19, was working at Edwin's boatyard. They were working on a big schooner and Uncle Will was doing it from engineered drawings, not from a half model like he usually did. Scott fastened the Honduran Mahogany planking to the Madera & Horseflesh framing with Naval Bronze ring nails. He dreamed of someday sailing the big schooner, but in the meantime, worked hard as captain of the race boat, Rough Waters. [from]
Scott's chance to do some real blue water sailing on the Wm H came in 1976. He was a crew member when she sailed, as Flagship of the Bahamas, to Boston and New York with the Tall Ships. He maintained his friendship with owner, Joe Maggio, and when she visited Man-O-War, the Wm H berthed at the dock on the Lee property in the Eastern Harbour. [from]
Scott is a Man-O-War Cay resident, a native Bahamian and descendant of the original settlers. Scott is a principal of Standard Hardware of Marsh Harbour and Man-O-War Cay.
Hamilton, with Scott, are leading the restoration. Ham has considerable experience with wooden boat restoration and nautical preservation (see the two stories below). As a testiment to that, please see his progress reports on the Status tab.
David litterally saved The William H Albury from a dire fate in Montego Bay, sailing her back with help from Captain Randy Zimmerman and others from Jamaica in 2014. He, with support from his family, has spearheaded the restoration, now passing the mantle to Scott.
Caroline Stafford and Scott Titus
Caroline and Scott were instrumental in transferring Traveler to Scott Weatherford. Caroline gratiously agreed to donate Traveler to Scott as a heritage project - Scott being the son of the builder, William H Albury, and steward of another William H Albury-built boat on Man-O-War Cay. Scott Titus and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were extraordinarily helpful and considerate in effecting the transfer.
Eric was lead on prepping Traveler in Norfolk, VA and organized and captained her move from Norfolk to Oriental, NC.
Edwin's Boat Yard
Keith, Blake and Jan with Lisa and Chad of Edwin's Boat Yard are tremendous supporters of the Wm H.