When and If is an 83’ Alden schooner, commissioned by General George S. Patton in 1939. Her name is attributed to the quote, “When the war is over, and if I live through it, [my wife] Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.” With General Patton’s death in December of 1945, it was unlikely that When and If would ever fulfill her original purpose. But in 2012, Doug Hazlitt (known for his complete restoration of another historic Alden schooner) purchased the vessel with the mission to restore the ship to her former glory. With enough support and sponsorship, the Captain and crew intend to make General Patton’s dream for his sailboat come true. As Patton’s will requested, they plan to repurpose the vessel for sail training and education by taking on apprentices along their journey and donating a portion of their proceeds to a sailing scholarship program.
It took three years to rebuild When and If after damage from a storm in 1990. At the relaunch, renowned broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite praised her wonderful strength and the work of shipwrights Gannon and Benjamin for bringing her back to life.