Restoration of
The William H Albury
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Introduction, Bios, Supporters and History
This website is in support of Scott Weatherford's work to restore the schooner, The William H Albury.  Scott assumed stewardship of The William H Albury in December 2019 from David Wright.
Please have a look at the incredible progress being made by Hamilton and Phil.  And then consider making a donation to this cause using one of the options above.
Also, please visit the Schooner William H. Albury page on Facebook as well as the Wm H Albury page on the MOW Archive.

Scott Weatherford
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 Carter
Taken about 10 years ago on a sailing visit to Les îles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Hamilton (Ham) went to sea at age 26 on a 36' gaff rigged schooner and has made his living on the sea since then.  He will be 76 in April.  His seagoing travels have taken him from Greenland and the Canadian Arctic to Antarctica and many places in between including Europe, Iceland, Alaska, Central and South America and the west coasts of Canada and the USA.
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.
Please have a listen to an interview with Hamilton from CBC Breakfast Biographies.
David Wright
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.
Edwin's Boat Yard
Keith, Blake and Jan with Lisa and Chad of Edwin's Boat Yard are tremendous supporters of the Wm H.

1963 Built at the William H Albury Boat Yard. Christened Esperanto.
LOD: 56', LOA: 70', Disp: 25 tons. Designed by Fred Whittier.
1963 - 1975 Owned by Fred Whittier.
Sept 1965 Blown ashore in Marsh Harbour by Hurricane Betsy. Restored in Miami. Sunk by waterspout at Chub Cay. Restored in Fort Lauderdale.
1975 - 20xx Owned by Joe Maggio. He hosted the Sea Explorer Program for many years.
1976 She participated in the 1976 Bicentennial Tall Ships Celebration and the Boston Tall Ship Celebration, serving as Flagship of The Bahamas. Scott was part of the crew that sailed into New York harbour in the Tall Ships Bicentennial in 1976. "Quite an experience!"
Sept 1999 Blown ashore in canal between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbor by Hurricane Floyd. Restored in Miami.
20xx - 2014 Owned by Jamaican businessmen - her days as The Pirate Ship.
2014 - 2019 Owned by David Wright who sailed her back from Jamaica to Man-O-War.
Sept 1, 2019 Sunk in Eastern Harbour by Hurricane Dorian.
Dec 2019 Refloated by Roston McGreggor of Valient Marine Services, Georgetown, Exuma.
2019 - present Owned by Scott Weatherford. Being restored on Man-O-War Cay.
Last updated: 2/21/2020  --  Please send comments to
© Scott Weatherford 2020