The Ghost Fleet

A list of some of the shells that have carried W-L crews to victory over the years. Note- in 1999, the 50th anniversary of the team, the Alumni decided that one eight, belonging to the current squad, would always be named the “Charlie Butt.” We recently decided to add “Tom Chisnell” to receive the same honor, so that there will always be boats that honor two of the men who have given so much to our program.

Eights

  • Cinderella– Pocock 8+: 1st shell owned by W-L
  • Dave Scofield (1964)(shell rowed to Henley victory)
  • ’66– Donaratico 8+ (built 1966): Wrecked in ’78
  • Avenger– Pocock 8+ (1969): won Henely
  • Franklin– Pocock 8+ (1971)(women’s shell)
  • Flemming– Pocock 8+ (men’s shell)
  • NTW– Kaschper 8+ (1978)
  • Cindy II– Kaschper 8+ (1980)
  • Kresky– Named for esteemed alumni Pete Kresky; Kaschper 8+ (1980)(men’s shell)
  • Supper– Kascper 8+ (1980)
  • Hadid– Kaschper 8+ (1985)(men’s shell)
  • Lyon Village Athletic Association (A.A.)– Kaschper 8+ (1986)(men’s shell)
  • Spirit of ’66– Kaschper 8+(men’s shell)
  • Quadragassemi Ani – “40 years”; Kaschper 8+ (1989)(men’s shell)
  • John Henrey Jones– Kaschper 8+ (1989)(women’s shell)
  • Francis Chisnell– For coach Tom Chisnell’s mom; Kaschper 8+ (1991) (women’s shell)
  • Semel et Simul– “All together, all as one”; Kaschper 8+ (1991) (men’s shell)
  • Charlie Butt– For our founder and mentor; Dirigo 8+(men’s shell)
  • Ann Rickerich– For alumni and Capt. of the 1st women’s team who lost her battle with breast cancer; Dirigo 8+ (women’s shell)
  • Spirit of ’59– Honoring the Class of ’59; Dirigo 8+ (womens shell)
  • Quinton Franklin– for the men’s asst. coach 1966-1972; Dirigo 8+ (men’s shell)
  • Marion O. Kirschbaum– Honoring her 15 years service to the boosters and crew; Vespoli DS8+ (2000)(women’s shell)
  • Russ Carmody ’64– for 1964 V8 member, who left us in 1996; Vespoli DL8+ (2000)(men’s shell)
  • Jim Booth– for 1959 team member, who left us in 2000; Vespoli DL8+ (1995, bought refurbished)(men’s shell)
  • Scott McKee– refurbished shell, not renamed, destroyed in buoy collision 2002; Vespoli DM8+ (1996)(women’s shell)
  • Charlie Butt Jr.- Honoring our founder; Quantum (King) 8+ (2002)(men’s shell)
  • Spirit of ’57– Honoring the class of 1957, and thanks for their generous donations; Quantum (King) 8+ (2002)(men’s shell)
  • M.M. Fitzgerald– named by ’87 Dennis Fitzgerald for his parents; Vespoli Millenium DS 8+ (2003)(women’s shell)
  • Charlotte Hollings– bought from UVA; Vespoli Ultralight DS 8+ (2003)(women’s shell)
  • Tom Chisnell– Honoring women’s program founder Tom Chisnell; Vespoli M2(2005)(men’s shell)
  • Andy Barr– Honoring a very generous contributor Andy Barr; Resolute Freedom(2005)(men’s shell)
  • Doc Sharbaugh-Honoring Dr. William Sharbaugh the Princepal of Washington-Lee and Crew supporter from 1979 to 1999;Vespoli DL(2004)(men’s shell)
  • Buddy Steger-Honoring a long time Washington-Lee supporter and Alumni; Vespoli 2006 EM(2006)(women’s shell)
  • Billy Parker-Honoring the loss of a W-L Crew Alumni(’57); Vespoli EL(2006)(men’s shell)
  • John Jenkins, ’62-Honoring the loss of a W-L Crew Alumni in 1996; Vespoli EL(2009)(men’s shell)
  • Andy Barr, ’46-Honoring the a W-L Alumni and supporter; Vespoli ES(2009)(women’s shell)
  • Jan Nieudrop, Class of 1960-Honoring the a W-L Alumn and the support of the class of 1960i; Vespoli ES(2011)(men’s shell)
  • Helen J-Honoring a W-L Alumni and supporter; Vespoli ES(2011)(women’s shell)
  • Charlie Butt-3rd boat named after the programs founder, Vespoli EL(2013)
  • Tom Chisnell-2nd boat named after the women’s program 1st coach. Vespoli ES (2013)(women’s shell)

Fours

  • Shark– ? 4+
  • John Wesley Dalby– for an esteemed alumni who left us too soon, Kaschper 4+ (1987); sold 2001
  • Ed Todd– for an esteemed alumni who left us too soon; Kaschper 4+ (1987)
  • Ed Todd– replacment for 1st “Ed Todd”; Dirigo 4+ (1996); sold 2001
  • Frank Sexton– named by ’87 alumni Bruce Horne in honor of his grandfather who passed in 1995; Vespoli DM4+ (2000)
  • Margaret Christensen– for the wife of a major donor. Vespoli DM4+ (2002)
  • Loyd Poplin– for long time W-L Booster and parent. Vespoli DM4+ (2002)
  • Bill Eddy– for long time W-L Booster and parent. Vespoli DM4(bow coxed) (2006)
  • Ann Thomas– for our long time W-L Crew Booster and parent family (2012)
  • Ann Pizzamiglio-named for a W-L Crew Booster parent and world class rower (2012)