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Class C
Nationality Russia
Year Built 1985
Rig Bm Sloop


  • Name: ARGUS
  • Class: C
  • Nationality: Russia
  • Year built: 1985
  • Rig: Bm Sloop
  • Height: 21.009863968065 m
  • Length of hull: 23.3994959644328 m


  • Number of trainees: 5
  • Number of permanent crew: 3

Tall ship races and regattas


Built in Marstal, Denmark in 1908, Argus worked as a cargo ship in Baltic and Scandinavian waters for Capt. Lars Anker Nielsen for 22 years before being sold to Tucker Thompson.

After sailing around the world, Thompson brought the boat to Mexico, where he and his family made their way north through Baja, Calif., San Diego and finally to Newport Beach, Calif. where they docked at the Newport Sea Base in 1970.

Ralph Whitford, a Newport Harbour High School teacher and head of the Newport Sea Base at the time, thought the tall ship would make a great learning platform for Sea Scouts. He convinced Thompson to part with his boat for $40,000, said Fred Bockmiller, Argus longest standing captain.