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With a Rebel Yell Zach Morrison's dream sinks off coast of Nicaragua
Zach Morrison of Gulfport had a dream of sailing from Los Angeles home to South Mississippi
aboard a 1937 three-masted schooner he bought on eBay, and although that dream has sunk, he's having quite an adventure.
The 55-foot schooner Rebel Yell began taking on water
about 100 miles off the coast of Nicaragua
Saturday. At 1:18 a.m. his parents Bill and Tamara Morrison of Gulfport were awakened by a caller monitoring the emergency
maritime system. The Morrisons were listed as the emergency
contact and the captain
-- their 31-year-old son -- had activated the emergency system on his schooner.
"Every three minutes it states his position," Tamara Morrison said. The caller had to hang up to notify the Nicaraguan Navy
"Oh my God," was her first thought. "It was terrifying," she said.
They learned over the next several hours that the ship
might sink, but Zach and two others on board were safe.
The three were still on the Rebel Yell when they were rescued by the first boat to reach them -- a commercial oil
tanker flying the flag of the Bahamas
His parents received a text from Zach through DeLorme navigating system saying, "The Nicaraguan Navy
has arrived. We are safe."
The Navy wanted to take them to Nicaragua, but the oil
argued that Zach and the others were American, and he would return them to California
"Zachary and his crew decided to go with option two," she said.
Tamara and Bill Morrison finally heard from their son at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, 13 hours after the first call. He has his own cabin
on the tanker but his schooner is lost
"It disappeared from radar
this morning," she said on Sunday. He told them the rudder
was lost, he believed, because a former owner used an inferior piece of wood.
"I'm sick that it's gone," she said of the schooner she never got to see. Photos and descriptions he posted on his website, rebelyelladventures.com, which he created to track his journey from restoration
to the expected arrival in Gulfport, show a hull
of triple planked Honduran mahogany and three sails
. The schooner was built in Boston.