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Pilar - Hemingways Boat
18-APR-2013 Dick Keely

Pilar - Hemingway's Boat

San Francisco de Paula, Havana, Cuba

Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named 'Pilar'.
'Pilar' was a nickname for Hemingway's wife Pauline.
It was also the name of the female leader of the partisan band in his 1940 novel of the Spanish Civil War: 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'.
Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida, Marquesas Keys, and the Gulf Stream off the Cuban coast.
Several of Hemingway's books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, 'The Old Man and the Sea' and 'Islands in the Stream'.
The boat was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495.
The boat is located at Finca Vigía (Lookout Farm), the home of Ernest Hemingway, in San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, which also houses a museum.Reference: Wikipedia


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Máire Uí Mhaicín30-May-2013 19:54
A most interesting image, and an interesting artefact from the life of a fine writer who saw some turbulent times.
Brinn MacDougall30-May-2013 19:00
Interesting info on this bit of history..v
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