Last night I had an interesting series of phone conversations. My alma mater, the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler (aka 'Schuyler', 'the Dome', 'Maritime') is donating two wooden 26-foot Monomoy Pulling Boats to NHS. This is huge news, not only because it represents our first significant boat donation, but our first opportunity to go beyond single-boat operations.
Over the next two weeks, both boats will be transported from the college's waterfront campus in New York City to our Dockyard in Norfolk, where they will be restored to standard Navy configurations and repainted. It is not clear if they will require any structural repairs, but the boats look great in pictures - certainly much better off than our current Monomoy was before we undertook her restoration.
No information is currently available on the history of these boats or their service, but it is clear that they are Navy type Monomoys.
If these boats prove sucessful, it presents new logistical challenges and operational opportunities. For instance, we would be fully capable of staging our own races and sailing/rowing in boat squadron formations.
More to follow as things progress.