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SS Minnow - Gilligan's IslandMinnow, SS- Thirty-five-foot charter boat on the maritime comedy series GILLIGAN'S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67. Skipper Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale, Jr.), owner of the S.S. Minnow, operated a charter boat service out of a tropic port with the assistance of Gilligan (Bob Denver), his bumbling First Mate.

While on a simple three-hour sightseeing tour, the ship's crew & five passengers were caught in a violent storm (storm hit at heading 062) which shipwrecked them onshore of an uncharted desert island somewhere 300 miles southeast of Hawaii. Fortunately, all survived but the tiny craft was damaged beyond repair.

The other castaways included millionaire Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus); his society wife Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer); Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), a redheaded movie star with a great set of curves; Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson), a brainy science teacher everyone called "The Professor"; and Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells), a simple country girl.

Setting up housekeeping on the island, the seven learned to live off the land, weather tropic storms, fend off savage natives, and a variety of other kooky plot lines.

During one of the numerous attempts at escaping the island (Episode No. 8 "Good Bye Island"), the Professor decided to repair the S.S. Minnow with the nails he made from ferrous oxide found on the island. Unfortunately, the nails either shattered like glass or exploded when hit. SS Minnow on BeachLuckily, castaways Mary Ann and Gilligan discovered that tree sap (used for pancake batter) made a perfect glue, and so the Professor and the Skipper started gluing planks to the boat and prepared to leave the island. But just before the boat was launched Gilligan accidentally found out the glue's holding power was only temporary and the Minnow's stick-and-glue repair job quickly self destructed.

In 1978, in a two-part special Rescue From Gilligan's Island, the castaways finally got off the island and returned to civilization (scenes shot at Marina del Rey in Los Angeles).

With money received from the insurance policy from his old boat the Skipper bought a new, even better boat, and christened it the S.S. Minnow II.

To celebrate, all of the castaways reunited onboard for a maiden voyage which ironically shipwrecked on the same island they had left, just months before.

Two sequel TV movies Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979) and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981) found the castaways turned entrepreneurs as they operated a desert resort hotel built with funds from the Howell family fortune.

The series also spawned two animated series THE NEW ADVENTURES OF GILLIGAN and GILLIGAN'S PLANET and plot twists on the series ALF, BAYWATCH and ROSEANNE.

The Skipper and the SS MinnowTRIVIA NOTE: The "tropic port" from which the S.S. Minnow "set sail" was actually the port of the Waikiki Yacht Club located at 1599 Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu, Hawaii. The boat used for the series was a thirty-five foot cabin cruiser found in a Honolulu boat yard. To create its shipwrecked appearance the bow and stern of the boat were marked with chalk circles and a man with a sledgehammer slammed holes into the boat. A crane then lifted up the boat and put it on a barge which was towed to Moloa'a Bay for filming. The Minnow is now resting somewhere in a boat yard in Long Beach, California.

The S.S. Minnow was actually named after Newton N. Minnow, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who delivered his now famous speech at a broadcaster's convention in 1961 that denounced television as being "America's vast wasteland." Producer Sherwood Schwartz, insisted Mr. Minnow had "ruined television." Schwartz, of course, was the creator of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and THE BRADY BUNCH.

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