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An interesting article I ran across that was written back in July 1987.


I thought I would share the following from my favourite “Legend”.

Hi Chris,

Besides writing to say hello, I wanted to react to the piece in your blog about singer, actor, Burl Ives.  When I lived and had my design office in Santa Barbara, CA, I was aware of Burl Ives having his Flicka, Sparrow in the Santa Barbara Marina. I knew that Mr. Ives was a huge man (about 400 pounds) and wondered how he managed in such a small interior.  I would never find out.

However, I was in a waterfront pub one early evening for dinner, and I saw Mr. Ives at the bar. I approached him to introduce myself. Mr. Ives simply swivelled his bar stool 120 degrees to the right and presented his back to me without saying a single word. I would not see him again.   END!

Bruce Bingham
(17 June 2016)

An interesting tit-bit about Burl Ives from one of my readers who was kind enough to let me share.

Hi Chris, you seem to collect the odd Burl Ives story. Here is one from my deceased father-in-law from a sailing memoir he wrote. Regards, Marc LeClere (27 March 2018)

“I don’t remember how we found it but in my first memory of the Eagle Rock we were sailing in lower Biscayne Bay and I had the worst sunburned toes I have ever had. The Eagle Rock was somebody’s fantasy of how to produce a yacht in 25 feet. She had a forward cabin, a center cockpit and a high aft cabin crowned with a wooden rail and a pair of davits from which a 6 ft. dingy dangled.  …. Your mother just reminded me of another notable feature of the Eagle Rock which I really must describe. First of all, it had originally belonged to Burl Ives who you may remember was a very popular folk singer in the fifties. He named the boat the Eagle Rock after the rock marking the harbor entrance to Hopetown where he had a winter home. Back to the boat, there were certain problems with building all the luxury features into a 25-footer. As a consequence, the head had to be fitted into the peak of the boat which had a very low deck. Actually, it was so low that you couldn’t sit on the head. This problem had been ingeniously solved by placing a hatch over it so that when you sat on the toilet the upper half of your body was on deck. Somehow the thought of 300 lb. Burl Ives sticking half way out of the hatch while he fulfilled his needs struck me as very funny but then I don’t suppose I’d look very dignified in that position myself.”

Burl Ives’s s/v Eagle Rock (25-footer) 


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