1977 Cape Royal

Trawler bound for NL from St. Mary’s town.

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6 responses to “1977 Cape Royal”

  1. the cape royal was a boat sailing from Burgeo on the Sou’west coast to marys town on the burin pen not leaving nl for ST marys

  2. Heather Sparling says:

    Thank you for writing, Christopher. Your note spurred me to look for information about the disappearance of the Cape Royal in 1977 but there doesn’t appear to be much out there. Do you know where I can get more information? Were you yourself connected to the Cape Royal in some way? You’ll see that I’ve also now connected this information to a song about the Cape Royal called “Cape Royal Disaster.”

  3. percy simmonds says:

    Hi Heather
    I was deck hand gutter fall of 1972 out of Lunenburg, NS I believe the Skippers name was Roy Daigle, this Trawler/Dragger was part of the National Sea Products fleet one of 2 remaining draggers as best I can recall, the rest of the fleet was mid water trawlers. I was going to college at the time and they would take anyone as the pay was poor and conditions on board not so good.

    Would love to see any new information you might come across.

    Regards, Percy Simmonds, Stratford PEI

  4. Steve Fenton says:

    Hi Heather,

    A correction is needed from the reply from Percy Simmonds.

    The captain of the Cape Royal from Burgeo Newfoundland at the time she was lost was William Vardy, my wife’s father. The Cape Royal had 8 men on board at the time she was lost:

    Captain: William Vardy
    Mate: James Simms
    Chief Engineer: Fred Green
    Second Engineer: Harold Simms
    Cook: Victor Kelly
    Boson: John Combs
    Deckhands: Wilfred Rose, Peter Harris

    The Cape Royal was on the way to refit in Mary’s Town. There is a monument to the crew who were lost in the Burgeo Cemetery.

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