Hemingway’s posthumous publications outnumber those he released during his life, 18 to 15. This doesn’t include the first two volumes of his correspondence, projected by Cambridge University Press eventually to top out at 17 volumes. In this posthumous activity he’s not unique of course: Jack Kerouac is running at 20:17 for example.

One of the things Hemingway left after his exit was his yacht, Pilar. Below is a post about it from George Conk’s Voyages blog.

Hemingway’s Pilar and Top Hat – Two Wheeler Playmates

Hemingway's Pilar —  preserved in Cuba

Hemingway’s Pilar — preserved in Cuba

At the foot of Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn was Wheeler Shipbuilding.  They built pleasure boats and commercial boats.  During WWII they built 230 patrol craft and mine sweepers.  There was a line of pleasure boats called Playmates.  The most famous of them was Hemingway’s Pilar, a Wheeler Playmate he commissioned.  A Pilar replica was built for `Hemingway & Fuentes’  an Andy Garcia movie (now filming)about Hemingway and his captain – Fuentes to whom Pilar was bequeathed.  Hemingway and Pilar did 40 days of submarine patrol duty in 1942 on the coast of Cuba, spotting only one sub.

Top Hat

Top Hat

Here at City Island Yacht Club George Ignatius Robinson had the same vision for his Wheeler Playmate Top Hat.  Robinson applied to the Coast Guard hoping to convert his sailboat – usually chartered for weekend cruises – into a patrol craft complete with foredeck mounted machine gun and depth charges.

Page 1 of George Robinson's application to the Coast Guard to convert Top Hat from weekend cruiser to anti-submarine patrol craft.

Page 1 of George Robinson’s application to the Coast Guard to convert
Top Hat from weekend cruiser to anti-submarine patrol craft.

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