I knew the Duchess of Devonshire well. Sailed on her, and led the crew when we removed her teak
over steel deck
planking in '67, IIRC.
4mm brass machine screws into a steel deck
corroded away and the deck started lifting.
Put it back with 1400, 1/4-28 stainless machine screws, and new bungs.
The lady referred to might have been Diana, Sir Bayards sister, and wife to Kirk Douglas, and mother to Michael.
Sir Bayard is arguably Bermuda's most famous sailor, competing in many Newport/Bermuda races. Before this boat he had a sistership to the famous Finisterre, which was dismasted, but still got here, in an earlier race
He, and his descendants, are still large and respected in the Island's legal
This Duchess's replacement, a Fastnet 45 I think, is now famous as The first "Morgan's Cloud" Of John Harries fame. Sailed on her, as well.