By Dave & Patricia Cook, owners
The motor vessel Alondra was buiilt in 1940 but was not launched until the following year, 1941. This delay was the result of the Second World War, which caused certain items to be rationed and slowed the final completion of the boat.
She was designed and constructed by David E. "Ted" Cook and his son Edward, who was my father. Ted Cook was a master shipwright who spent the second quarter of the 20th century in various shipyards in the Vancouver Coal Harbour area.
Alondra is a trunk cabin design that was very popular in the 1920's and 30's. She measures 36.4 feet from pillar to post and is 38 feet overall. The beam is 10.5 feet and the draft is approximately 2 feet.
Construction is of carvel planked hull on bent ribs. The planking above the waterline is Western Red Cedar and planks below the waterline are Douglas Fir. The hull is a full displacement style and can be described as semi-double ender, as the stern is very narrow with result being that she is good in a following sea.
The vessel is equipped with two masts that accommodate three steadying sails, which can also serve in an event of engine failure. The main mast and boom are used to raise and lower the clinker built dinghy that rests upon the after cabin deck. The dinghy was constructed int he early 1950's and has recently been restored. This tender is powered by a small horizontal shaft direct drive Briggs & Stratton engine.
Alondra during WWII while in Coast Guard Auxiliary. The white board near the wheelhouse door has her wartime number displayed. During this period of enrollment, owners were permitted to maintain full fuel tanks. Private vessels were encouraged to join the Auxiliary and were to be used to evacuate Vancouver Island in the event of an armed attack.