Pathfinder inherits sails and fittings from Patricia (1965)

On Jun 25, 1965, Patricia’s masts and gear were removed and given to the STV Pathfinder.  The sails were used on Pathfinder until 1977, when the last of the re-cut sails “blew out”.

P-Class Sloop Patricia was owned by RCYC’s Past Commodore Thomas K. Wade, OBE ‘s owned P-Class Sloop Patricia, designed by George Owen, and launched in 1912. (see photo on page 26).   TK Wade was a member of RCYC since 1902. TK Wade passed away suddenly on Jan 20, 1965. His beneficiaries had requested that the yacht be dismantled and sunk in Lake Ontario and created the “Patricia Memorial Fund”.

Then Commodore Paul Phelan honoured the memory of Pat Commodore Wade and Patricia at Sailpast 1965, taking the fleet’s salute from Patricia – that was May 22, 1965.   On Sunday Jun 27, Patricia was towed into Lake Ontario and sunk in a simple ceremony. Ben Colenbrander and Gordon Nortone were on board to open her seacocks. Cannon Guy Marshall, captain of the Mission to the Seaman for the Port of Toronto, Officiated. Oswald K Schenk donated his painting of Patricia to RCYC.   Pathfinder sailed as afterguard in the RCYC Sailpast that year.

[Photo from Annals of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Volume III: 1955-2000, page 65]

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