Yacht Gray Dawn Lost

Yacht Gray Dawn Lost
Transcribed by G. Christian Larsen

Black's Harbour, N.B., July 2 - (CP) - Newly purchased at Saint John by Senator Cairine Wilson and her husband, Norman Wilson, the yacht Gray Dawn was believed to be a total loss at Moose Island near here tonight.

The yacht grounded last night while sailing from Saint John toward St. Andrews, N.B., where the Wilson family has a summer home. Aboard at the time were three men - Ralph Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Captain Martin Brown, St. Andrews, and the mate, John Lambert, Deer Island.

The trio rowed safely to Moose Island in a small boat from the yacht, spent the night at a camp there and walked to Black's Harbour this morning. The "Island" is connected to the mainland.

The Gray Dawn, a 52-foot schooner yacht, sailed from here yesterday morning under canvas and without using her engine power. She was feeling her way through dense fog when the grounding occurred on a ledge. A strong undertow was running.

Salvage operations were attempted without success today by the schooners Lucille B and Page, of Connor's Bros. fishing fleet. Her bow smashed, the yacht slipped into deeper water and salvage was considered impossible.

The captain and the mate remained here tonight. Senator Wilson motored to Black's Harbour this evening and returned to St. Andrews with her son.

Built by George E. Richardson at Deer Island in 1930, the Gray Dawn was owned by Prof. H.A. Deming of Lincoln, Neb., before the purchase by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson this week. Cost of building the yacht was estimated tonight at between $4,000 and $5,000.

The stately white craft, 52-feet in length, had a 13-foot beam and a gross tonnage of 18.85. She was first owned by Frank Whepley, Saint John.

SOURCE: The Montreal Gazette (Montreal, PQ) - July 3, 1937.

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