In 1890 the smack became the property of William Thomas Guy of Grimsby1 and in September 1891 reported the loss of an apprentice, Charles Lewis of 20 Grafton Street. On the morning of Wednesday the 6th, the smack was passing Spurn Point, on their way out to the fishing grounds. The crew, including 16 year old were reefing the mainsail when he lost his hold and fell overboard. He drowned before any assistance could reach him.3
On the 28th of March 1895, the Pride of the Ocean arrived in Grimsby dismasted.
After suffering this injury, the smack sustained further damage in collision with the
Water Witch of Portsmouth.4 She was damaged in another collision in January 1897, with the
The Gertrude suffered a broken mizzen mast.5 There was further damage in a great gale later that year.
The smack was towed into Grimsby on the 1st of December having lost her foremast and gear.6 The following March, in 1898 an injury to the second hand was reported.7 Then in August, they again lost gear.8
In 1899 the register was closed when the smack was sold to Sweden, where she continued to fish for some years.1 By 1971 the Pride of the Ocean had retired from fishing, but had been converted into a pleasure yacht.
In this new role the vessel enjoyed more exotic waters than the frigid North Sea, but her luck did not improve. In the summer of 1971 she was sailing in the Bahamas. She had on board seven French nationals which included a baby boy. On the 28th of June the vessel crashed into a reef off Samana Cay becoming a total wreck. All on board survived the wreck, but were then stranded in the uninhabited island which is about 180 miles North East of Cuba. After spending a week on the island they were picked up by a missile tracking station supply ship. They were landed safely at Cape Kennedy, Florida on the 7th of July.9
Map showing the approximate location where the vessel was thought to have been lost, or the last known position.
Vessel Details for Pride of the Ocean
- The Mercantile Navy Lists.
- Hull Daily Mail - 11th September 1891
- Hull Daily Mail - 29th November 1895
- Hull Daily Mail - 29th January 1897
- Hull Daily Mail - 1st December 1897
- Hull Daily Mail - 28th March1898
- Hull Daily Mail - 30th August 1898
- Beckley Post-Herald - 11th July 1971