|After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 Thomas Gilmer served on light cruisers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. He became an instructor in naval construction, damage control, and marine engineering at the Naval Academy during World War II and eventually became chairman of the naval engineering department.|
In 1967 he retired from active teaching at the Academy and began to devote full time to the design of yachts and ship replicas. Some of his most noted yacht designs include BLUE MOON Moon in 1946 followed by the SOUTHERN CROSS. In the early 1960s, he produced the design of what was to be of the first fiberglass yacht to circumnavigate the earth: the 30 foot Allied SEAWIND. The 32 foot SEAWIND II was his extension of the original design based on thousands of successful oceangoing Seawind miles. His design of the PRIVATEER 26 and 35 revealed his love for traditional lines, clipper bows, extended sprits, and counter transoms.
In 1976-77 he designed the 'Pride of Baltimore I' and, in 1979, the schooner 'Lady Maryland'. In 1986 the 'Pride of Baltimore I' was struck and sunk by a violent squall off the coast of Puerto Rico. Gillmer extended and modified his original design for additional seaworthiness and produced the 'Pride of Baltimore II'. Most recently, the overhaul of the 'USS Constitution' was carried out based on Gillmer's prepared studies.
Papers and drawings of Thomas Gillmer:
Chesapeake Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot Street
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663
MS 111 Thomas Gillmer Manuscript Collection