The last few years haven’t been kind to “Journey” – a once elegant 1958 48′ Chris-Craft Constellation. After being abandoned by her owner in North Carolina, in 2011 Hurricane Irene delivered a knockout punch to “Journey” when a broken piling pierced her side, leaving her to sink. Does this mean the journey is over for “Journey?” Is there a few more chapters in this old girls life or is she destined for the burn pile?
Here’s the story from fellow Woody Boater Al Benton at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. – Texx
Texx – A 1958, 48′ CC Constellation sits on the hard near the coast in North Carolina waiting for someone to rescue her, or to salvage what’s there. The big Constellation sank in shallow water 2-1/2 years ago during Hurricane Irene on August 27th when a broken piling pierced her side.
The owner let his insurance expire and couldn’t pay for the recovery. In spite of this, two weeks after the hurricane, Ashley Erwin and his crew at the local marina in Oriental, NC patched the hole in the side, raised her, towed her a quarter mile, pulled her with their travel lift, blocked and parked her where she now sits.
The legal battle to claim possession by the marina was settled earlier last week and now the marina was just given salvage rights after 2-1/2 years. What a waste. If the recovery costs could have been resolved quickly, they may have been able to find a new owner, but after sitting for 30 months, its unlikely that she’ll ever be restored. It’s sad to see, as only 26 of these big 48′ Constellations were built by Chris-Craft in 1957 & 1958.
They’re now trying to recoup some of their expenses for the recovery. Last week, Ashley Erwin (the new owner) from the marina in Oriental, NC who recovered Connie contacted me at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club looking for someone who may be interested in buying it or salvage anything of value from the big cruiser. I suppose the rest becomes fire wood.
If anyone is interested, for more information you can contact Ashley Erwin in North Carolina at 252.675.2554 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Thanks – Al Benton
Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club
Thanks Al – Lets hope someone is interested in extending the life of “Journey” to cruise another day.