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When Cambell Church, Jr., hosted the E.F. Hutton party aboard the M/V Westward in Southeast Alaska in 1934, Hutton and his guests arrived in style. Hutton's four-masted yacht Hussar had been launched three years earlier in Kiel, Germany. The financial magnate had commissioned the vessel for his wife, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and she had no intention of setting sail aboard just any boat. Money was no object for the elegant Ms. Post, and she ensured that her sailing ship would be every bit as distinguished as she was.
Measuring 360 feet by 50, with a draft of 17 feet and a main mast soaring 178 feet in the air, carrying a complement of 30 sails on three square rigged masts and a mizzen rigged fore and aft, the Hussar was a sight to behold as she steamed toward Ketchikan to deliver her passengers into Church's care for a hunting and fishing sojourn.
Aboard the Hussar, the guests dressed for meals served by stewards in uniform. For hunting, fishing and camping trips, they dressed down and removed themselves to the 86-foot Westward for expeditions into the Alaskan bush. Church was an avid filmmaker, and his cinematographic energies were matched by members of Hutton's party, namely celebrated film producer Hal Roach and his wife Margaret. The latter conceived the elaborate titles for the film, which read:
Bear Facts, 1934
Depicting Primitive Life Aboard the "Hussar"
Jumpy Hut....Edward F. Hutton
Blonde Sardine Fisherman...Miriam Rice
Baby Bear Hunter.....Ernest Rice
Goopy Gertie....Gertrude Guasti
The Banjo Player....Hal Roach
Smallest of Small Game Hunters...Margaret Roach
Night Club Proprietor.....David McCulloch
"Ed's" Baby Bear....Himself
Film Editress Margaret Roach
Assisted by...Irwin S. Cobb
Scenic Effects by...Mother Nature Herself
Props by Ed Hutton
Climb aboard and watch the 1930s era revelers hunt big game and very big fish and otherwise thoroughly entertain themselves in this fascinating 45 minute, 16 millimeter film that has been preserved by the Church family and is only now being offered to the public on DVD.
To learn more about Campbell Church, Jr., and M/V Westward, click on these links:
Westward in the Twenty-First Century
Westward: Cruising Alaska, 1920's Style
Captions, from top: "Jumpy Hut"; one of the Southeast Alaska locals; Campbell Church, Jr., and his camera; mighty hunters in search of bear; the quarry; the Hussar underway in Southeast Alaska; the stewards at work; Ed's baby bear, captured near Ketchikan.
DVD-Video. Black and White. Silent
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