Buttercup returns to Pender Harbour
Pender Harbour Days: July 9, 2017
A highlight of the third annual Pender Harbour Days (July 7-9) is the return of an Allen Farrell boat to the Harbour. The 18’ dory, Buttercup, originally named Peace and Quiet, will arrive at the Madeira Park dock on Sunday, July 9, sporting her distinctive junk-rigged sail.
Using only hand tools, Allen built over 40 wooden boats of his own design, including Buttercup, his “last but one”. The transfer of Buttercup from the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives to the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society honours the close ties Allen and Sharie Farrell had with Pender Harbour, and continues a celebration of their lifetime of graceful boats and a simple way of living.
The Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society is looking forward to accepting Allen Farrell’s sailing dory into its care and to sharing more of the legacy of the Farrell boat building family.
For more information, please contact the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society.
Track Buttercup as she sails from Gibsons to Pender Harbour, July 4-9, 2017!
Buttercup will depart from Gibsons Harbour a few days before the event, and make her way up to Pender Harbour for July 9. Spectators can track her journey via a GPS broadcast to this page (GPS details to come). She will be visible from shore in many places and is always camera ready! Share your photos to the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Facebook page or Pender Harbour Chamber Facebook page.
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Boat builder Larry Westlake refurbishes Buttercup. Though she has not been in the water since being donated to the Museum, Buttercup has travelled around the coast to take part in boat shows, and sun does take a toll on paint even under cover. Buttercup has been repainted in part or in whole three times since 2003, most recently in preparation for this journey. A wooden boat in constant use usually requires painting once a year, with ding and damage touch-ups frequently done between full repaintings.