|Anita in Key West|
|Pilar at Finca La Vigia|
Finally in 1934, Ernest Hemingway stopped off in New York to take a few meetings, after which he promptly went to Coney Island to visit the Wheeler Shipyard and make a down payment for his customized yacht. Hemingway required modifications to the 38-foot vessel. He added a live fish well and a wooden roller spanning the transom to aid in hauling fish aboard. He also requested extra large fuel tanks so he could stay at sea for longer periods of time. The boat had two motors - a 75hp for traveling and a 40hp for trolling. And he requested a flying bridge. The finished yacht cost $7500 and was brought to Key West and christened Pilar, a nickname for his wife Pauline.
|Pilar at Cojimar|
At the start of World War II, Hemingway volunteered for patrol off of Cuba looking for Nazi U-Boats. In 1942 and ‘43, Roosevelt asked for volunteers to patrol off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts—as many as a thousand boats were assigned. The United States didn’t have enough Navy ships to cover these areas. The volunteers became known as the Hooligan Navy.
|Hemingway and Castro|