Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sometimes you stumble upon the darndest things on YouTube

I was just stumbling around on YouTube and randomly discovered this video from December 1996 and seven years prior to Greig's purchase of it in January 2003. It is of the Bowie and it broke away from its moorage and slammed up against the Pitt River Bridge. I didn't know about the incident but there are two raw videos on YouTube about it from bcnewsvideo.

Coincidentally too is it features the previous owner that we only knew as "Sally." We never knew her last name and only that she had a heck of a time finding moorage for it further toward the mouth of the river. I don't know how long after this incident that it moved carelessly to a shallow spot on the river and rolled over on the low tide.

I had to chuckle of course at the videographer question to Sally and her son, "You must have an intersting life!"

Also it so happens in the spirit of randomness, that Greig so happened to meet said son on a dinner cruise a few weeks back.

And here is the second bit of footage:

Well, I considered this blog-worthy, even though there is no dramatic rescue. Cleary in the second video that there were several other boats that broke away from rotten pilings.


rob said...

Hi Tana! thanks for that, a real testament to its build quality! That has to be the nicest looking ice/log deflector ever! Great looking vessel you were so lucky to have known her! although your pocket might not agree! :o))

Shirley Landis VanScoyk said...

Wow! How interesting! They don't have to disclose accidents like this when you buy a boat?

bowiechick said...

Well, far worse had occured to it prior to Greig scoring it for a $1 than it smashing up against the bridge. Where ever Sally had it moored last some moorage hadn't been paid so the marina owner moved it out of his/her marina to off his property (effectively stealing it). A move like this is considered HIGHLY ILLEGAL but he did it anyway. It subsquently rolled over on the river when the tide went out, essentially sinking it. She didn't have the funds to salvage and probably mounting a legal battle to sue the marina owner for moving it when she had unpaid moorage wasn't worth her while I suppose. Brian McNeil salvaged it, righted it and then had it towed up to Powell River and eventually gave up on it as it was too much for him alone to handle. Thus, Greig picked it up for cheap virtually to take it off his hands.