Topsail schooner Eric Borgman

under sail, topsail schooner eric borgman

Photo: Mike Eaton

Later renamed the Port Bougainville, after his Florida real estate in Key Largo, the Eric Borgman was Fritz Scharenberg’s 175 ft topsail schooner.

In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that i had spent a few years sailing the Eric Borgman across the Atlantic and up the east coast of the US. Several crew members got in touch in the comments, and stories where told – it makes interesting reading: The Cutty Sark and Cape Town

Thanks for the photo Mike, hope to see the rest one day soon.

May 26, 2011 — 1:48 pm - - Comments (5)


  1. Sailed on her in the Mediterrainian in 1980 , where is she now ?

    Comment by Darrel — February 13, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  2. Thanks for posting the picture. I’m a hobby historian on traditional sailing vessels like this, and wondered, do you know where she was built? A friend of mine saw her back in 1983 in Florida. I noticed the comment that she was lost by fire off Jost van Dyke, any idea of the year?

    Comment by Steve — April 28, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  3. I was aboard Port Bougainville the night of the fire.I don’t recall the exact date right now but I know it was late March/early April of 1984. I went below and pulled the captain from his bunk(he woke up then!) fired off all our flares and called the coast guard-about two hours later the USCGC Point Whitehorn arrived,followed by an LCM in use in interisland trade and another boat I don’t recall.At one time I had some pictures taken by a helicopter pilot there,as well as some taken by Tim Carstarphen,who gave us a ride around to Red Hook. For years I kept a chart with her location marked-Coast Guard would not let her sink in a national park(in Maho Bay on St Johns) so took her under tow and she resides now in about 180 feet of water. I still had new underwear,in the plastic wrap that my mom had sent me at Christmas. All my Jimmy Buffet cassettes went with her as well as a hell of a lot of good liquor.

    Comment by brian poythress — May 1, 2012 @ 12:28 am

  4. I remember some tell tales when we crossed the Atlantic with Jack Showers, they were made from old Jimmy Buffett tapes, amazingly accurate.

    Comment by Brett — May 1, 2012 @ 12:44 am

  5. God help me, I sailed her too, up and down the east coast. I miss the spray on the bow, and the view from the t’gallant. Don’t miss the captain. Brian sent me the news when she sank, along with a few photos of a very disoriented friend, Zica. Still in touch with tall man Karl. We got off before the big blaze, may she R.I.P.

    Terry Little

    Comment by Terry Little — July 14, 2013 @ 7:35 am

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