I have come across this forum several times when looking online for any tips or answers on my missing grandfather. The community seems very helpful to each other and I am hoping posting
information about my granddad on this site may help. Here is the link to the official "missing persons" from the Marathon Sheriffs Dept with a picture of both men
and a little information on the boat.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office - Florida Keys: Men missing from Marathon area
And although the report says both men
were in reportably poor health
, that was not true of William Vernon Smith, which is my grandfather. He was in much better health
and condition than many much younger than him.
Unfortunately, the short write up is about what we know about the sailing trip. They have sailing experience from their "younger days" and had been working on this boat for a couple of months with anticipation on taking a sailing trip together. They left out for the trip and told a friend they were staying with they would be gone 3-4 weeks. I do want to go ahead and put out there that my granddad would not go this long with out contacting his daughter under any circumstance.
We have sort of come to terms with the fact that something terrible happen to the boat and he is not coming back.
I guess, I am hoping with this many sailors in one community, someone out near the area during the time of their departure may have seen them or if for some reason the boat washes ashore somewhere, it will be known that these men have been reported missing. It has been so long since their departure with no signs of the boat, we are thinking the boat must have sunk.
If anyone has any information on this boat or these two men, please let me know. Hoping for some kind of answers or closure for my family