The build is commissioned by the Marlin Family, specifically John H. Marlin. A major arms and ammunition manufacturer which was founded in 1870. Producing guns such as the famed 'Marlin 336' and the 'Marlin 60', a 22LR caliber rifle.
In this photograph, John H. Marlin is aboard the Linmar.
The 78' classic is built in New York by famed shipbuilders: The New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company - in present day Bronx, New York near the Southern end of Roberto Clemente State Park. World renowned maritime photographer Morris Rosenfeld commemorates the day with the iconic images you see here today.
In this photograph, taken on the day Linmar was launched for the first time, John Marlin can be seen in his coat and hat near the bow.
This new yacht is christened "Linmar", a variation of "Marlin", in honor of the family and their great success. She then cruises up and down the East Coast, serving as the family's winter home and flying the Marlin Firearms flag from her bow.
The second world war begins. The U.S navy begins expanding their fleet by conscripting private yachts and refitting them as naval vessels to assist in the patrol of U.S waters. Their brightwork is stripped, sanded, and painted navy. (This is the fate of another New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co. yacht "Junaluska" - now "Olympus".) However, since Linmar is owned by one of the largest arms dealers in the market, John Marlin gives the U.S forces a choice:
a contract for arms in their war efforts or his new yacht - but not both. So, the history of what Linmar was doing during this time span is a bit blurry; however we do know that she was never taken by the navy and instead she spent the war serving as a 'patrol vessel' in Canada.
In this photograph, 'Olympus' , the 97 foot yacht built a few years before Linmar by the same shipyard, has been painted grey and is patrolling U.S waters as a naval vessel.
In this photograph, Morris Rosenfeld captures the items in a stateroom below deck. If you look closely you can see his ghostly image in the mirror above the dresser.
Throughout the years after, she passes through several owners and her history is unclear. However, during this time Linmar travels up and down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal, up the West Coast, and through the Inner Alaskan Passage hosting a number of esteemed guests: some of which includes The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Heart.
In this photograph, Linmar is in a parade as the Presidential yacht known as 'Sequoia'. We do not know the precise location of this photograph.
Fire strikes. While in San Fransisco, an electrical fire runs rampant throughout the boat. The damage caused is so extensive that Linmar is deemed a total loss. Fortunately, she is purchased by a man who sets forth on a complete restoration and pours countless hours bringing her back to her glory. Twenty-five percent of the hull – including planks, frames and stringers from shelf to keel – is rebuilt from scratch over a period of five years. Every ounce of wood that was damaged is removed from its home, sanded, refinished, and replaced. When the renovation is complete, Linmar still has her classic design intact. In addition to new engines, onboard systems, and a full cosmetic overhaul, the original mahogany and teak is restored and replaced, including new furnishings which keep to the era in which she was built.
Brad & Michelle Bailey purchase Linmar. She is then moved to her new home and 'retires' in the charming maritime town of Gig Harbor, Washington. Here, Linmar spends her days open to the public in the form of dockside accommodations, day charters, and intimate events. As a member of the Classic Yacht Association, Linmar continues to be cared for with a team of shipwrights so that her legacy can be shared with generations to come.
In this photograph, the aftermath of the fire is seen below deck.
The new owners aboard the Linmar, at her home port, Netshed No. 15, in Gig Harbor, Washington.