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Links for Arcturus

Find out more about the history of the classic schooner Arcturus, her previous owners, weather links for the Hauraki Gulf and more.

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John Alden, Yacht Designer Website

John Gale Alden (1884–1962) was an American naval architect and founder of Alden Designs, a prominent yacht design company.

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Arcturus: Facts

Arcturus is a red giant star in the Northern Hemisphere of Earth’s sky that is the brightest star in the constellation Boötes (the Herdsman). Arcturus is also among the brightest stars that can be seen from Earth. Notably, the light of Arcturus was used to help open the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.

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General Patton Society

General George Patton and his wife sailed Arcturus to Hawaii where he was stationed. Patton came from a military family, his ancestors included General Hugh Mercer of the American Revolution. His great uncle, Waller T. Patton, died of wounds received in Pickett’s Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. John M. Patton and Isaac Patton, also his great uncles, were colonels in the Confederate States Army. His great uncle William T. Glassell was a Confederate States Navy officer. Hugh Weedon Mercer, a Confederate general, was his close relative. John M. Patton, a great-grandfather, was a lawyer and politician who had served as acting governor of Virginia.

Learn more about General George S. Patton, the famous World War 2 general.

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Links for Your Sailing Adventures

MetService Forecast for Auckland

Want to know the marine weather forecast for Auckland, New Zealand?

Visit MetService and check out the current forecast for Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

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