Historical Summary:

1926 Blanchard Stock Cruiser.

Faun in Saratoga Passage (Camano I., Washington), September 2012. [Rick Etsell photo]


Home Port: Seattle, Washington USA
Year Built: 1926
Type: 36' Blanchard Standardized Raised Deck Hunting Cruiser
Built By: N.J. Blanchard Boat Company, Seattle, Washington
Hull Number: #9 (of 25 total)
Built At: Blanchard Plant, 3201 Fairview Ave. (Lake Union) Seattle, Washington
Designed By: Leigh Coolidge
Hull Material: Western Red Cedar. Some later planks are yellow cedar
Frame Material: White Oak
Keel Material: Douglas Fir
Other Materials: Pilot House & other bright areas are teak
Decking: Tongue & groove red cedar, canvas covered over Irish felt
Fastenings: Galvanized steel boat nails.
Hull Type: Displacement
Displacement: 18,000
Gross Tons: 10
Net Tons 9
Length Overall: 36.2'
Length at Waterline: 35.4'
Beam: 9.15'
Draft: 4.7' (3'3"?)
Height with Mast Up: 17'3"
Height with Mast Down: 11'3"
Height with Mast Removed: 10'10"
Engine Mfr: Chrysler
Model: Crown
Model #: M47 
S/N E 1537 M
Year Mfd: 1947
Single/Twin Screw: Single
Type Engine: Gasoline
HP 110
Number Cylinders: 6 (flathead)
Cruising Speed: 8.5 @ 2200 rpm
Fuel Consumption: 2.3 gal/hour average
Comments: Engine repowered 1986 w/ rebuilt duplicate of previous engine
  Fresh water cooled.
Original Engine: Joseph Van Blerck Inc, New York, NY, 1926. 45-120 HP 6 cyl, 4 cyc 4 1/8x 5

Wartime Use

During World War II, Faun was painted battleship grey and put on patrol, probably as a part of one of the very active Coast Guard Auxiliary units- almost certainly Flotilla 28, but possibly Flotilla 24 (the flotilla “sponsored” by SYC)- which were based on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. Such units usually consisted of volunteer vessels and their owners. One of Faun’s owners, R.V. Spencer, logged over 600 hours in one year of patrol and official duties as a CBM (T) (temporary chief bosun’s mate, “chief” (commander) of the vessel) as part of that flotilla during the time he was an owner of Faun (as well as of another vessel), but records of the reservist boats are quite sketchy. Traces of the grey paint remain visible in obscure locations on the vessel.