Notice 2022/41 - Sad Demise of Halcyon

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Sad Demise of Halcyon

I am very sorry to report that the the Halcyon (built 1929), which was used extensively for sail-training at The School of Navigation in the 1950s and 1960s has become a tragic loss when berthed at the Gouvia Marina in Corfu, whilst employed on charter. As far as I am aware no persons were lost or injured. The owner Andrew Armour, an Honorary Member of WA, has kindly sent the following information.


Chris,
I am still in shock at the loss of our lovely old lady in such a dramatic fashion.

The picture is still murky in detail but it seems certain that the fire started 4 boats away in a Princess 65 and spread rapidly due to the strong westerly breeze. ( an unusual direction ) Two of the boats between us managed to pull off the pontoons but by the time we were released to sit on our anchor she was well alight.  The fire tug eventually arrived to try to douse the flames but failed to put out the blaze. They brought her alongside to continue the firefighting but the weight of water sank her at the pontoon in about 8 meters of water.  So there are 4 sunken vessels, the Princess, 2 Lagoon catamarans and us.  It is hard not to think that only Halcyon is irreplaceable.

I had been on her with dear friends the previous week having a wonderful time cruising the Ionian, doing what she does best.  I left her on the Sunday evening telling my skipper to take some time off before tackling the list of jobs we had for her. He was at his home on the north of the island when he got a call from a friend to say she was on fire.  By the time he got there the fire tug was just arriving.

She should have been safe in the marina and there are a lot of “what if’s” that you could think of that could have saved her, but I think there is no utility in that.

My insurance company is taking charge of the recovery of the wreck and her ultimate fate.  She is insured for her resale value but that in no way reflects her value as a piece of history which is now gone for ever.  She meant a lot to a lot of people and she was relishing her life as a grand lady in the Greek Islands, attracting admiring glances wherever she was.
I have photos from the fire but prefer to think of the ones below. (see via this link 2022 Halcyom)

Best regards - Andrew Armour (
ArmourA08)


This is a report from the Superyacht Times on her loss: Sailing yacht Halcyon catches fire in Corfu

There are many photos of the Halcyon whilst owned by the School of Navigation in the website Gallery. In 2008 & 2009 Andrew Armour very kindly hosted two day sails from Warsash inviting a number of WA members who had actully sailed on her as cadets, which you can see using the following links. That was shortly after Andrew had had Halcyon converted and re-furbished at Gloucester which turned her in to an absolutely  immaculate and extremely well-equiped yacht designed for charter cruises.
  1. 2008 July Halcyon daysail 
  2. 2009 September Halcyon daysail 
Andrew Armour has also kindly sent these recent photos of Halcyon charter cruises in the eastern Mediterranean.


Kind regards, Chris Clarke (1959)  wawebmast@warsashassociation.net






 
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