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Hello and thank you for your suggestions on identifying the HP Howland and your reference to a builder involved with a Mathew Turner creation. I lived in Benicia for a time and I was so amazed more importance is not given to Turner there - at least. I believe Mr. Mathew Turner made a profound contribution to sailing and sailing technology!
It was my mistake to link "real" northern California to Silicone Valley. I lived in the Bay Area for most of my life. All the companies I worked with were from places like Palo Alto, Mountain View, etc. Business people would ask me where I was from when I was traveling, which quite very often, and I got tired of explaining where Palo Also was so I simply said "silicone valley" and they were OK.
I moved to my present location well north of the "valley" just to get away from it.
I am deeply interested in "dogholers" just because they appear to be completely lost to time and the crew and their boats are seemingly gone forever. Many of their boats were the fastest of the time with drafts of 5 feet or less - amazing! It is a similar problem to Turner documentation except turner's work was so much more important.
Being from Humboldt, I was more interested in the Bendixsen yard ships, but of course it is the pretty much the same story there -- yard is long gone and largely forgotten, no plans were ever drawn up, only builder's half-hulls that were lost when the yard shut down. Only CA Thayer is left. Considering their historical significance, I would really like to see more of these ships, both in the kit world and possibly as a sailing replica. Not holding my breath, though.
I was raised in Fortuna and most recently lived in Mariposa (we moved around a lot, so I also lived in Campbell, Santa Rosa, Eureka, Rio Dell, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Pomona, and Upland), so Palo Alto is like a huge metropolis in comparison. I usually have to tell people that Fortuna is where the big redwoods are (nods of comprehension from the audience) and Mariposa is near Yosemite -- that suffices to give them an idea of where I'm talking about.