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Trojan Sea BreezeThe Argonaut - Cabin cruiser owned by ex-navy frogman Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges) on the maritime adventure SEA HUNT/SYN/1958-62 Aboard the Argonaut, Mike searched the oceans as he dove for sunken treasure, stolen property and salvage for insurance companies and state and federal agencies.

During the first three seasons of the show a number of boats were called The Argonaut, but the most identifiable Argonaut arrived during the fourth season. It was a 33 feet long, 12 feet wide, 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze (model 346 Express Cruiser - serial #1018) custom-built in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by Amish shipwrights.

The boat had a twin 240 horse power Crusader Interceptor engines with reverse screws. It was also equipped with such gadgets as a depth finder, radio and sonar as well as mahogany planking with teak decks and brightwork.

In March 2000, the Argonaut - still kicking about the waves of Southern California - was dry-docked and re-varnished, repainted, re-chromed and resealed.

Mike Nelson and Friend at the control panel of THE ARGONAUT
Mike Nelson at the controls

Reportedly, when the show was finally canceled, actor Lloyd Bridges used the Argonaut for family outings on the high seas.

On the revival series SEA HUNT/SYN/1987-88 starring Ron Ely as Mike Nelson, the boat was called The Sea Hunt.

TRIVIA NOTE: The boat's name was derived from the ancient Greek tale of Jason and his ship, the "Argo" built by Argo, a master ship builder. The Argonauts were the ship's crew members who traveled with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece.


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