I’m saddened to report that the Grey Pearl, our friend’s Tina and Braun Jones’ boat, was in lost in a fire this past week. The Pearl is no more.
Below is the most recent blog entry from Grey Pearl’s website, as written by Tina Jones:
|It is with such a heavy heart that I write this last and final blog of the good ship Grey Pearl.
Early in December, while we were spending the winter at our home in Virginia away from our boat, we received one of life’s dreaded phone calls. Our beloved ‘Grey Pearl’ N6208 was on fire in her slip at Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket, Thailand. The fire started in the early evening of Dec. 6th, 2011, and was detected shortly thereafter. The fire quickly became uncontrollable and threatened the marina and other boats. The marina staff and some brave yachtsmen scrambled to remove her from the slip, tow her up a nearby river and run her aground where she continued to burn for almost another day. Needless to say we are devastated by this horrible tragedy.
In order to tend to this matter and our responsibilities, Braun & I immediately flew from our home in Virginia to Thailand.
Of course, the hardest and saddest moment was to see her…it is impossible to describe the heartbreak. To see the pilothouse wheel resting on the charred Lugger main engine…we were overcome. The raging fire had consumed her down to the water line. To put her to rest, we had a “viewing” on a Thursday…and her “burial” with flowers and a final good by on Friday.
I personally have never been more challenged, fulfilled and happier doing anything in my life than the time I’ve spent on my ‘Grey Pearl’. And…more importantly, she was a passion Braun & I enjoyed together. She will live on fondly in our hearts & memories…forever ~
We’re OK…and, we have the love of family & friends we can count on to get through this painful time…
Sadly…Grey Pearl…Out –
N6805, Sans Souci