PALAWAN Launching, July 3, 1981

Palawan, a yacht Luke built for Thomas J. Watson Jr. of IBM, is almost ready to be launched. Watson planned to take this boat to the Arctic, so it was built with an extra strong rudder and reinforcement at the stem for iceberg protection. The windows in the hull were an unusual feature.

Once the boat was at the launch site, its systems and seaworthiness needed to be carefully checked while the owner and well-wishers waited. Sometimes things needed to be adjusted or fixed. It was not always a certainty that the launch could be completed when it was scheduled.

Launch Day

Catalog Number LB2005.24.7397