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"FAWAN" - A Significant Harbor Launch
Fawan is a new addition to the Tiedemann Collection of Historic, Antique and Classic
Yachts. She is a unique and extremely rare 40' canoe stern aft cabin launch built
in 1911. Her beauty and period details exude the character and charm of the "Golden
Age". She is the ideal vessel for harbor tours, island junkets and cocktail cruises
or as a special photo or staff boat for up to six guests. Fawan is the perfect vehicle
for delivering a Bride and Groom or a group of VIPs to their waterfront event. You
will be chauffered in grand style by our U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captain.
Her house and interior are Honduras mahogany with ebony and holly inlays and is
adorned with beveled glass windows and three remarkable leaded glass spider web
design windows. The cabin features a leaded glass breakfront with icebox below.
An enclosed private head is located aft.
History: Results of the often fascinating research into Fawan's
past have indicated that she was built for Mr. John Jacob Astor IV for use at his
3,000 acre estate, Ferncliff, on the Hudson River. According to our sources in Maine,
her purpose was for excursions up and down the Hudson, visiting the many neighboring
estates and to ferry the owners to their steam yachts. Fawan was launched on July
14, 1911. In September of 1911, the recently divorced J.J. Astor IV, wed Madeleine
Talmadge Force, age 18. After their wedding at Beechwood in Newport, RI, the newlyweds
departed for Ferncliff aboard their 262 foot steam yacht, Noma. It was on their
return from a trip to Egypt in the spring of 1912 that John Jacob Astor IV died
aboard the Titanic. Madeleine, who was pregnant with John Jacob Astor VI, survived.
In 1928, Fawan was discovered in a boathouse on Sebago Lake, Maine on the estate
of Thomas A. Lamb. She was purchased by Mr. Clarence O. Case and kept on Sebago
Lake until 1944 when it is believed a member of the Thurston family took her to
Portland, Maine. From the late 1950s through 1990, Fawan was enjoyed by the family
of Robert Roode in Newburyport, Massachusetts. For the last decade, she was owned
by two couples on Seneca Lake in New York. Fawan was purchased in 2003 by Bob and
Elizabeth Tiedemann and brought to Newport, RI, where she has undergone a major
We hope to learn much more about Fawan's intriguing history and would appreciate
hearing from anyone that may have further information.