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Capt. Robert P. Beebe Collection


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Overview of the Collection

Biography of Captain Robert P. Beebe

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Beebe, Robert P., 1909-1988
Title: Capt. Robert P. Beebe Collection
Dates: 1946-1988
Extent: 569 sheets, representing 138 designs and additional non-vessel material
Abstract: Blueprints and original plans drawn and collected by Captain Robert P. Beebe for traditional small craft, especially sharpies and canoes, and ocean-going passagemakers.
Identification: Coll. 125

Biography of Captain Robert P. Beebe

Born in 1909 in the Philippines to a United States Army officer, the only constant in Captain Robert P. Beebe's early life was his interest in boats. After he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1931, Beebe's naval career included serving as a navigation officer on the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA during World War II and serving as the executive officer of the carrier USS SITKOH BAY during the Korean War before accepting a post in the Alaskan territories as an intelligence officer in 1954. In 1958, Captain Beebe accepted his final posting to the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he stayed until his retirement in 1961. Captain Beebe worked as an amateur yacht designer throughout his naval career and contributed extensively to Rudder, Yachting and other maritime publications. His early work in the 1940's and 1950's consisted of mainly traditional craft, especially sharpies and canoes. At his retirement in 1961 he turned to yacht design full-time, first working on a boat for himself: a long range powerboat capable of going from one cruising ground to another in comfort, "with speed and dispatch." The result was the revolutionary PASSAGEMAKER, launched in 1963 in Singapore. With nearly 60,000 cruising miles on PASSAGEMAKER, Captain Beebe wrote Voyaging Under Power, published in 1975. It is a discussion of his design principles and an account of his worldwide travels on PASSAGEMAKER. His ideas proved so popular that as a result, he was able to work full-time designing passagemakers for clients all over the world. While Captain Robert P. Beebe died in 1988, his design theories continue to influence naval architects to this day.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library.

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Bolger, Philip C.
Chapelle, Howard Irving, 1900-1975
Clapham, Thomas
Farmer, Weston
Fuller, Avard
McMurray, Robert L.
Munroe, Ralph, 1851-1933
Seaborn, Ben

Subjects:

Boats and boating
Motorboats
Sharpies (Sailboats)
Ships plans

Document Types:

Ships plans

Occupations:

Yacht designers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 125, Daniel S. Gregory Ships Plans Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 
Vessel designs; 1946-1988  
125.1 SANDPIPER; 33.58 ft. ketch rigged sharpie; POLARIS Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #9 FRISKY; Builder, Mystic Shipyard, Inc.; Circa 1948; Builder, Jack R. Magill; 1948
125.2 KWAJALEIN CLIPPER; 51 ft. 3-masted schooner Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #12; Builder unknown
125.3 PRESTO; 41 ft. ketch Designer, Ralph M. Munroe; Builder, A. C. Brown & Sons; 1885
125.4 SEA FOX; 34 ft. sharpie Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #19 TWO LUCYS; Builder, Leon Ebersold
125.5 CAP'N FRANK; 34 ft. sharpie Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #20; Builder unknown
125.6 THE GOLDEN HINDE OF SAN FRANCISCO; 33 ft. sharpie Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #22; Builder unknown
125.7 SUNSHINE; 28 ft. Hampton flattie Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #23 SALLY; Builder, Joe Moran; 1955
125.8 Comparative study by Robert P. Beebe of 11 sharpies Circa 1949
125.9 WABUN; 39.25 ft. ketch Designer, Ralph M. Munroe; Builder, A. C. Brown & Sons; 1892
125.10 BISCAYAN; launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #26; Builder unknown
125.11 UTILIS; 32.5 ft. ketch Designer, Ralph M. Munroe; Builder unknown
125.12 UNIDENTIFIED; 16 ft. double paddle canoe Designer, W. Starling Burgess; Builder unknown
125.13 PAPER DOLL; canoe Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #29; Builder, Robert P. Beebe;  Circa 1951
125.14 UNIDENTIFIED; 36 ft. Clapham type modified sharpie Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #31; Builder unknown
125.15 SLIPPERY OTTER; 18 ft. pulling boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #34; Builder, Hal S. Hamlin; Circa 1952
125.16 MAHOGANY DOLL; 16 ft. double paddle canoe Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #35; Builder unknown
125.17 Comparative study by Robert P. Beebe of shoal cruisers 1953
125.18 STRIPER; 22 ft. sportfisherman Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #39-2; Builder unknown
125.19 GAUER; cruising and fishing launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #40; Builder unknown
125.20 CHUGACH, fishing and cruising launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #40; Builder unknown
125.21 BATON; 22.33 ft. cruising launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #42-2; Builder unknown
125.22 GAUER; 23.83 ft. cruising launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #44; Builder unknown
125.23 KITTY; 17.96 ft. outboard cruiser Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #45; Builder unknown
125.24 UNIDENTIFIED; cruising launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #48; Builder unknown
125.25 UNIDENTIFIED; 23.5 ft. sailing launch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #49, Builder unknown
125.26 VENTURE; 48 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #53; Builder unknown
125.27 UNIDENTIFIED; 40.5 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #57; Builder unknown
125.28 UNIDENTIFIED; 31.25 ft. Monterey boat Designer unknown, Alterations, Robert P. Beebe; Builder, Labruzzi; 1935
125.29 UNIDENTIFIED; 38 ft. Monterey boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #62-2; Builder unknown
125.30 UNIDENTIFIED; cruising houseboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #63; Builder unknown
125.31 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. steel passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #64B; Builder unknown
125.32 UNIDENTIFIED; motorsailor Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #65; Builder unknown
125.33 Flopper-stoppers for THERESA C. Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #66; Builder unknown
125.34 PASSAGEMAKER; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #67; Builder, J. I. Thornycroft & Co., Ltd; 1962-1963
125.35 UNNAMED; 10.16 ft. tender to PASSAGEMAKER Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #67; Builder, J. I. Thornycroft & Co., Ltd; 1962
125.36 UNIDENTIFIED; 38 ft. Monterey boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #69; Builder unknown
125.37 UNIDENTIFIED; 34.83 Navy launch conversion Designer unknown, Alterations, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.38 UNIDENTIFIED; 48 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #72; Builder unknown
125.39 Flopper-stoppers for VEGA 36 Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #73; Builder unknown
125.40 UNIDENTIFIED; 31 ft. Monterey boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design#76; Builder unknown
125.41 Flopper-stoppers for DESERT QUEEN Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #79; Builder unknown
125.42 UNIDENTIFIED; 45 ft. passagemaker type beta Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #81; Builder unknown
125.43 UNIDENTIFIED; 45 ft. Monterey boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #83; Builder unknown
125.44 STALLION, 60 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #85; Builder unknown
125.45 UNIDENTIFIED; 46 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #86; Builder unknown
125.46 UNIDENTIFIED; 60 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #87; Builder unknown
125.47 MONA MONA; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #88; Builder, Robert P. Sutton; 1970-1972
125.48 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #90; Builder unknown
125.49 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker with French canal capability Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #92; Builder unknown
125.50 UNIDENTIFIED; 46 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #93; Builder unknown
125.51 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #94; Builder unknown
125.52 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #96; Builder unknown
125.53 SANS TERRE II; 60 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #97; Builder unknown
125.54 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #98; Builder unknown
125.55 UNIDENTIFIED; 54 ft. C-Fisher trawler Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #99; Builder unknown
125.56 UNIDENTIFIED; 64 ft. near water fishing boat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #100; Builder unknown
125.57 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #101; Builder unknown
125.58 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #102; Builder unknown
125.59 YIN-YANG; 53 ft. passagemaker with sailing rig Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #103; Builder unknown
126.60 UNIDENTIFIED; 48 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #104; Builder unknown
125.61 UNIDENTIFIED; 40.5 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #105; Builder unknown
125.62 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #107; Builder unknown
125.63 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. shippable passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #108; Builder unknown
125.64 L'AVENIR; 47 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #110; Builder unknown
125.65 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #111; Builder unknown
125.66 SEA DOG; 49.83 ft. passagemaker; UNIDENTIFIED Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #112; Builder, Fercraft Marine Inc.; 1975; Builder unknown; Circa 1978
125.67 UNIDENTIFIED; 32 ft. trailerable motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #113; Builder unknown
125.68 UNIDENTIFIED; 45 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #114; Builder unknown
125.69 UNIDENTIFIED; 45 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #115; Builder unknown
125.70 UNIDENTIFIED; 58 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #116; Builder unknown
125.71 UNIDENTIFIED; 45 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #117; Builder unknown
125.72 CASSIOPEIA; 50 ft. passagemaker; ROWAN Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #118; Builder unknown; Builder, Knight and Carver Yacht Center; 1978
125.73 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #119; Builder unknown
125.74 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #120; Builder unknown
125.75 UNIDENTIFIED; 58 ft. motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #121; Builder unknown
125.76 UNIDENTIFIED; 40 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #122; Builder unknown
125.77 WITCH OF ENDOR; 42 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #123; Builder unknown
125.78 Flopper-stoppers for Grand Banks 42 Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #124; Builder unknown
125.79 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. passagemaker with sail Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #126; Builder unknown
125.80 UNIDENTIFIED; 48 ft. motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #127; Builder unknown
125.81 FIGARO; 53 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #128; Builder unknown
125.82 OLAM; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #129; Builder unknown
125.83 Flopper-stoppers for WEST WINDS Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #130; Builder unknown
125.84 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. passagemaker type delta Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #131; Builder unknown
125.85 UNIDENTIFIED; 55.58 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #132; Builder unknown
125.86 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #133; Builder unknown
125.87 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #134; Builder unknown
125.88 EMERALD CITY; 52 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #135; Builder, Hi-Tide Boat Works;  1980
125.89 Flopper-stopper gear kit for Grand Banks 42 Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #136; Builder unknown
125.90 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #140; Builder unknown
125.91 TEKA III; 54 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #141; Builder, Knight and Carver Yacht Center;  1981
125.92 UNIDENTIFIED; yacht Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #144; Builder unknown
125.93 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #147; Builder unknown
125.94 UNIDENTIFIED; 42 ft. yacht Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #148; Builder unknown
125.95 UNIDENTIFIED; 55 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #149; Builder unknown
125.96 Flopper-stoppers for BIRD OF PASSAGE Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #150; Builder unknown
125.97 UNIDENTIFIED; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #151; Builder unknown
125.98 UNIDENTIFIED; 48 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #152; Builder unknown
125.99 TORTUGA; 52.05 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #156; Builder unknown
125.100 MY CHEYNEY; 50 ft. passagemaker Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #157; Builder unknown
125.101 UNIDENTIFIED; 47 ft. motorsailer Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #158; Builder unknown
125.102 TWO LUCYS; 52 ft. retirement motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.103 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.104 UNIDENTIFIED; motorsailer Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.105 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.106 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.107 UNIDENTIFIED; 28 ft. trailerable sailboat Designer unknown; Builder unknown
125.108 UNIDENTIFIED; sailboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.109 Comparative study of sharpie and Hampton flatties Designers, Earle B. Childs, Howard I. Chapelle, and Robert P. Beebe; Builders vary
125.110 UNIDENTIFIED; sailboat Designer unknown; Builder unknown
125.111 INGOMAR; fishing schooner; L. A. DUNTON; 123 ft. fishing schooner Designer, Thomas F. McManus; Builder unknown; Designer, Thomas F. McManus; Builder, Arthur D. Story; 1921
125.112 UNIDENTIFIED; hull detail Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.113 UNNAMED; stress analysis of flopper-stopper gear; UNNAMED; motorboat layout sketches  Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.114 UNNAMED; tilt pane port Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design #SS-3; Builder unknown
125.116 UNIDENTIFIED; architectural drawing; Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.117 UNIDENTIFIED; bulkhead detail Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.118 UNIDENTIFIED; sharpie with cartoon sketch Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Builder unknown
125.119 PILOT; 64.916 ft. pilot boat Designer unknown; Builder unknown
125.120 UNIDENTIFIED; 22.02 ft. Muscongus Bay sloop Designer unknown; Builder unknown;  1889
125.121 MINOCQUA; 37 ft. nonpareil sharpie Designer, Thomas Claphm; Builder, Thomas Clapham;  1892
125.122 UNIDENTIFIED; 36.1 ft. sharpie schooner Designer unknown; Builder unknown
125.123 DUCAT; 45.5 ft. sharpie Designer, Thomas Clapham; Builder unknown
125.124 SPEEJACKS; 98 ft. motorboat Designer, Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation; Hull #2652; Builder, Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation;  1921
125.125 ALICE; 51.83 ft. centerboard ketch Designer, Ralph M. Munroe; Builder unknown
125.126 SEA GULL; sea plane Designer, Sam S. Rabl; Builder unknown
125.127 JAY DEE; 35.03 ft. racing log canoe Designer, John B. Harrison; Builder, John B. Harrison;  1931
125.128 Marine engine Designer, Caterpillar Tractor Company; Design #5F76; Builder, Caterpillar Tractor Company
125.129 Marine engine Designer, Caterpillar Tractor Company; Design #4L4140; Builder, Caterpillar Tractor Company
125.130 Engine Designer, Auto Engine Works; Builder unknown
125.131 UNIDENTIFIED; 26 ft. racing-cruising sloop Designer, Ben Seaborn; Design #85; Builder unknown
125.132 Engine Designer, Mercedes Benz Brasil; Builder unknown
125.133 Comparative study by Robert P. Beebe of motorsailers   
125.134 Flat pack drive detail Designer, Sheperd Machinery Company; Design #2388; Builder unknown
125.135 UNIDENTIFIED; 13.25 ft. Boston whaler Designer, Fisher-Pierce Co., Inc.; Design #14-3; Builder unknown
125.136 WANDERER; 42.5 ft. motorboat Designer, William Garden; Design #447; Builder unknown
125.137 General map of Europe Designer, Edward Stanford Limited; Builder unknown;  1968
125.138 ALL TEN B; 56.5 ft. motorboat Designer, E. Weston Farmer; Design #PJ-57; Builder, Palmer Johnson Boats, Inc.
125.139 UNIDENTIFIED; 48.55 ft. cutter yacht Designer, G. Pleysier; Design #PD-41; Builder unknown
125.140 Stabilizer seating Designer, Volper Limited; Design #R/3A510; Builder unknown
125.141 C-SHOAL; 40.33 ft. shallow draft ketch Designer, C. F. Norris; Builder unknown
125.142 Route chart and limits of sailing directions Designer, Hydrographic Office; Builder unknown
125.143 C-FISHER; 54 ft. trawler Designer, P. Noble; Design #1354A; Builder unknown
125.144 SINGLE STAR; 75.25 ft. long range ocean-cruising power yacht Designer, Avard F. Fuller; Builder unknown
125.145 UNIDENTIFIED; 52 ft. Passagemaker 52 Designer, Augustine Cueto; Builder unknown
125.146 JIM HAWKINS II; 44.58 ft. motorsailer Designer, Avard F. Fuller; Builder, Robert Derecktor
125.147 UNIDENTIFIED; 51 ft. ocean cruiser Designer, Robert L. McMurray; Builder unknown
125.148 Bow thruster motor Designer, Upton Marine Engineering and Service Company, Inc.; Builder unknown
125.149 Side thruster Designer, Upton Marine Engineering and Service Company, Inc.; Builder unknown
125.150 UNIDENTIFIED; 50.5 ft. Grand Banks 49 Pilothouse Designer, American Marine Ltd.; Design #GB49P; Builder, American Marine Ltd.
125.151 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Denny B. Law; Builder unknown
125.152 UNIDENTIFIED; motorboat Designer, Robert P. Beebe; Design # ; Builder unknown
125.153 EGRET; 29 ft. sharpie Designer, Ralph M. Munroe; Builder, A. C. Brown & Sons;  1886  
125.154 SARA REID; 33.5 ft. sharpie Designer, Howard I. Chapelle; Builder, Thomas Langan;  1938
125.155 OUT O' GLOUCESTER; 30 ft. power boat Designer, Philip C. Bolger; Design #127-1-60; Builder unknown

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