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The Old Basin: 1906

The Old Basin: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Charcoal lugger in the Old Basin." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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What Catches My Eye

The schooner Mabel E Judlin is hardly the elegant sort of craft that Canadians think of when we think of schooners. The Bluenose would turn up her nose at this example of the type.

What really catches my eye about this photo is the fellow, who can't be too far into his teens if he's even made it that far, with the sack over his back and his cigar at a jaunty angle. Looks like he could whup his weight in wildcats and not disturb the ash from that stogie.

What's in a name?

I'm still not sure if the lugger referred to pertains just to the boat or to the kid with the burlap sack.

[The charcoal (and oyster) luggers are the boats. - Dave]

Schr. Mabel E. Judlin

from A History of Vancleave, Mississippi,
by Ray L. Bellande.

Miss Mabel Judlin was the namesake of another trading schooner, the Mabel E. Judlin. This vessel was constructed at Handsboro by Matteo Martinolich (1861-1934) in 1891, for J.L. Mestier & Company of New Orleans.

The Mabel E. Judlin was 67 feet long, had a beam of 22 feet, and hold depth of 4 feet. Her sails were constructed by A. Gerdes & Brother of New Orleans. (The Biloxi Herald, May 2, 1891, p. 4, c. 2) The Mabel E. Judland (sic) was reputed to be the fastest schooner in the entire Gulf and Caribbean. She hauled charcoal from the banks of Bluff Creek when owned by James E. Lockard (1862-1951) of Vancleave. The fledging United Fruit Company used the Mabel E. Judland (sic) as a model for their shallow draft fruit boats. (Down South, July-August 1960, p. 9)

That's MY Cigar

That kid kneeling on the right looks he really wants that cigar. Either that, or he just had it taken from him.

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