Lady Grace

Member Type: 

Classic

Boat Name: 

Lady Grace

Year: 

1940

Length: 

39'

Builder: 

Edison Vocational Tech

Designer: 

Ed Monk, Sr.

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

1940 40' Edison Technical School. This Pilot House Cruiser, designed by Edwin Monk, Sr., was built in 1939-40 at Edison Vocational School Boat Shop on Lake Union, Seattle.

Lady Grace has white oak frames and fir stringers. The planking is 1-1/16 in. Port Orford cedar. Brightwork is mahogany or teak. She was originally powered with a Royal Crown engine, Flathead 8, updraft carburetor, which was later replaced with a 1974 Ford T-3, 6-cylinder, 170HP gasoline engine.

Wartime Service

Lady Grace was in the Coast Guard [Auxiliary] during WWII -- her number was CGA2450. Skipper Ralph James, crew Coast Guardsman Charles Quirk. I believe she served 1942 to 1944 or so.

I have BW photo copies of her covered with ice from a patrol in Hood Canal in 1942 or 1943. She encountered a severe winter storm, was almost sunk by 15 foot seas and it took the skipper 5 hours to run back to Hoodsport after being unable to get around Quatsap Point because of the seas. He tried four times to get around the point and but could not control the boat as waves were breaking completely over the boat.

I have a copy of the story that was in the Post Intelligencer but don't know the date.