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SOUTHWIND- The "Southwind" was a 50-foot motor yacht given to The Citadel by Ty Colbert on behalf of the Air Reduction Corporation. (HN)
This yacht was designed by John G. Alden and built by F. F. Pendleton at Wiscasset, M.A. in 1935. It was a 64-1/2 foot yawl, with a 14-1/2 foot beam. It drew 9' 3" of water. Although primarily propelled by sail, it was also equipped with a 55 horsepower auxiliary engine, GM diesel, series #271. It was constructed of wood and utilized 1800 square feet of sail which had to be replaced at a cost of $10,000. It weighed 25 tons.
It was a gift of Mr. Nathan Cummings, chairman of the Board of Consolidated Foods and longtime friend of Gen. Mark W. Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Cummings had the yacht moved from their summer home in Charlevoix, M.I., through the inland waterways and the ocean to Palm Beach, where they were spending the winter. The Lake Worth channel, however, was not always deep enough to accommodate it. This inability caused Mr. Cummings to part with her.
Mr. Cummings' skipper, Captain Pickard, brought her to Charleston from Palm Beach, F.L. on February 21, 1962. He was assisted by Cmdr. Clarence E. Kuhlman, USNR, assistant professor of Business Administration, and faculty advisor to The Citadel Yacht Club, together with Chief Boatswain's Mate Harry J. Christiansen, USN (Ret.), Director of the Boating Center at The Citadel, and Mr. G. H. Mills, Jr., former merchant seaman now employed in The Citadel machine shop. The yacht, which was used and operated by the cadets of The Citadel Yacht Club, was berthed at the Municipal Marina on the Ashley River. Captain George Lockwood, well-known sailor and local authority on sailing, assisted The Citadel crew in its early training cruises. "Panchara" is a Greek work meaning "all joy." It was sold by The Citadel in 1966 because it was too expensive to maintain.
- I and Joe Riley, both members of the Citadel Yacht Club, crewed The Pachara. We took Gen. CLARK and Nathanial Cumming out for Sail on a cold and clear December day in 63 or 64. She was a great boat, requiring lots of upkeep on the teak and mahogany deck and trim. I lived on board in the Charleston. yacht basin the summer of 1962. MIKE JOHNSON Band Co class of 1964.