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02-10-2015, 09:03 AM

"John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy’s childhood sailboat will be part of an upcoming live auction event.

Built in Massachusetts and mainly used in the Mediterranean, Scallop measures 12 feet long by 6 feet wide and was constructed in the winter of 1969–1970. On her stern is the original builder’s plate on which is stamped “Old Beetle Cat, No. 1426, Concordia Co. Inc., South Dartmouth, Mass.”

It has been restored to its original colors, with a sky blue deck and a bright yellow hull. The unusually colored original paint became evident when the boat was stripped down to bare wood and was additionally confirmed in a letter from Caroline Kennedy. On the stern’s transom is fastened contemporary cast bronze letters placed in the original drill holes, spelling out the boat’s name as christened by the Kennedys, “Scallop.”

Accompanied by a copy of an “Original Wooden Beetle Cat Boats” 1969–1970 builder’s inventory page. Listed is this boat, confirmed as “No. 1426,” with the owner listed as “Mrs. Aristotle Onassis,” and location of the boat as “John F. Kennedy, Jr, New York & Greece.”

Also included is a 2006 letter from Caroline Kennedy to boat owner Peter Eastman, stating in full: “Thank you for writing in regard to our family’s Beetle Cat. Your letter brought back so many memories. I always wondered what happened to the only Beetle Cat in the Mediterranean. In answer to your questions, it was painted more like a Greek fishing boat than a typical Beetle Cat with a bright yellow hull, and a sky blue deck. It was called the Scallop. I would love to know what happens to it.”

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02-12-2015, 10:21 PM
Very cool and very clean. Should be donated to the Smithsonian or US Sailing Hall of Fame though.