Morecambe Bay Prawner was made famous by Atlantic crossing in 1950s

Following on from the article in PBO May issue, the Morecambe Bay PrawnerItunathat became a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic in summer 1950 has still not been traced.

The story begins in 1949, when the eminent architect Frank Lloyd Wright issued an invitation to three young Irish architecture students to join him in Wisconsin for their final year of study. Along with a friend, the three students bought a neglected 11m gaff-rigged cutter built in Scotland in 1912, and began work on preparing to sail across the Atlantic the next summer. Their trip became the stuff of legend, with newspaper serialisations of the log detailing their perilous journey leading up to a rousing welcome for the crew in New York.

PBO contributor Chris Dalton, whose father, Desmond was one of the crew has been appealing for news about the current whereabouts of the yacht.

The photo shows Ituna outside Annapolis Yacht Club circa 1980

The last known owners in 1983 appear to have been a couple named Stuart Bouchet and Cynthia Linard from Massachusetts.

Chris writes: “At this point the trail goes cold, butItunahad always been well looked after and it is likely that a boat of her age and beatuy would continue to be cared for. I’d dearly love to find out.”

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