The name of our boat says "Flying Cloud"
If it says anything about us, it says we value History
Our boat was built in 1937 for Francis Brownell jr. At that time he was President of First National Bank of Seattle
, and Chairman of the Board of ASARCO, which represented the Guggenheim
interest in the West.
Flying Cloud was the 3rd yacht commissioned by Brownell, his 2nd was named Flying Fish
, his first was a sailboat of which we have been unable to determine the name. Flying Cloud and Flying Fish
, are/were Stink Pots.
The Brownell family hailed from Boston. Francis Brownell's grandfather was Captain
of the the original Mckay's "Flying Cloud" during WWI, when it was commandeered for the war effort.
Our "Flying Cloud" was commandeered from Brownell in 1940, just 3 years after she was built, for the WWII war effort. Brownell himself was drafted into war service
by the Executive Branch(the President of the USA) as the Monatary ZAR on Silver Bullion, in an attempt to Bankrupt the Hitler Regiem.
Our 'Flying Cloud' served as an inshore patrol in the USCG from April 1940, she was renamed CG1313, of the 13th Navel District. November of 1940 she was transferred to the USN and outfitted with a 50 cal
. Standing Gun on her Bow, and Sonar in her Wheel
House, and 2 racks of 300lb depth
charges on her stern. She served as a sub-chaser based in Anacortes, Washington
, patrolling the Eastern Straight of Juan de Fuca, with a 6 man USN crew.
She was decommissioned in May 1945, and sold at Auction
. She became a research
vessel, and renamed "Researcher" purchased by the Lyle Branchflower Co. Whom developed the fish live oil
business, to render vitamin A, and E for the continued war effort. She has been as far south as San Francisco
, and as far North as Dutch Harbor. She remained in service
as a research
vessel for Branchflower until 1964. Where she traveled annually between Seattle
, Bellingham, and Ketchikan.
After Branchflowers 1969 death and estate sale
, she became "Elizibeth ANN" for 2 short years, was re-sold and renamed Researcher, then Grande by the owner we purchased her from 2001.
During my pre-purchase survey
I was able to locate an original 6 page editorial in the April 1937 Pacific Motor
Boat Magazine, describing the build of Flying Cloud. A trip to National Archives
confirmed her Designer/Builder Ed Monk Sr./Grandy Ship yards.
Upon closing of the sale
in 2001, and USCG documentation
, we re-christened her "Flying Cloud"
We began her restoration
of Ship and History
Originally Posted by lillypink
What does the name of your boat say about you? Do you name it yourself or just keep the name it came with? And if you name it yourself how do you pick a name? Favourite place / dream / person, combined names.
What is the name of your boat and what does it say about you
i would love to hear your thoughts and ideas