Page 26



7 June, 1920 - 25 May, 2013

By David Atterton My father’s ties with the Squadron go back to his father, Arthur Atterton. My grandfather cruised with Wesley Harris on Seevogel and did a number of cruises, the most notable of which was a cruise to Tasmania from 30 November 1946 for six weeks with George Eimer, George Cleland, Ian Harris and Bob Freeman. He had two power boats at the Squadron, Idle Hours and Utrama, on which my father cruised to Vincent and the Island with his parents, and also helped maintain them. I remember as a young boy fishing off the Orontes Bank aboard Utrama and then snooking back into Vincent. At one stage we had five snook lines over the transom. The inevitable happened and we had some bad tangles. In those days the snook lines were weighted with lead, making them difficult to untangle. My grandmother taught me how to untangle the lines while Dad helped my grandfather look after the boat. Utrama's dinghy was heavy clinker built, so Arthur purchased a lighter dinghy, selling the heavy one to Dad. A naval architect designed a sail plan for her and we built in a centre case, a centre board and drop rudder. We called her Elf and Dad taught me to sail in this little 8’ 6” dinghy off the

Donald Joseph Marshall 17 April, 1935 - 4 June, 2013 By Paul Marshall

Donald Joseph Marshall, 78, solo yachtsman of ASPRO II, died 4th June 2013, on the coast of Badgers Island, Tasmania. He was the son of Alfred and Thelma (both deceased); brother of Bob (deceased), Jean, Anne and Barbara. Don, Donny, or ‘Swifty’ to some, was born in New Zealand on 17 April 1935. His initial years were in the Wellington area. He represented Huia and Wellington in hockey; and participated and competed in Surf Life Saving for which he was a Bronze Medallion instructor. Don came to Australia in January 1957. He first worked as a painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge before setting off on his first adventure around Australia on a Triumph motorbike. Don met his wife Kerry Nicholas in Denmark, WA, where she worked as a teacher. In Denmark Don was involved with the local surf lifesaving group and the local football team called the Magpies where he had the nickname of ‘Swifty’. They married in Perth in 1966 and moved to Albany. Don became a whaler in the late 60’s and early 70’s going to

26 Squadron Quarterly

Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club in the early 1960’s. Dad then decided to build a trailer sailer in our shed at home. He had her all framed up but the shed was burgled with all our tools stolen. Instead he bought a completed trailer sailer, a Dowcraft we called Elfeen and launched her at Snowden's beach, sailing down the river to the Squadron each weekend. There was no place to launch a trailer sailer at the Squadron in those days. In 1967 Dad purchased Spindrift of Belair from Ion Ullett. We did many cruises in her, one year cruising to the Island and the next to Port Lincoln and the Sir Joseph Banks Group. We cruised with Gip and Cooroyba and caught up with Balamara and Lauriana on many occasions. In the 1970’s we raced in the 2nd division point score and Championship races and I still have a number of those pewter mugs celebrating our successes. In the early 1980’s we sold Spindrift and in the 1990’s purchased Pumpkineater, renaming her Elfeen. Dad loved sailing, especially to windward, and always enjoyed having people aboard for Squadron Opening Days. He never missed an Opening Day in all his years of membership. Dad passed away peacefully at Kalyra nursing home, Belair, on 25 May 2013 two weeks short of his 93rd birthday.

sea for short periods on ‘Chasers’ designed to hunt whales. Don was employed either as crew on the chasers or as flenser at the whaling station. From the late 70’s to the late 80’s Don continued his trade as a painter. Don began sailing in 1970 on his first sailing vessel called Cimba. His first voyage was across the Great Australian Bight to circumnavigate Tasmania, followed by an attempt to circumnavigate Australia. During this first solo circumnavigation of Australia he lost Cimba on Ningaloo Reef, WA. Don subsequently acquired Nomad to continue his quest to circumnavigate Australia. However, several years later an opportunity arose to purchase ASPRO II to complete the dream. All who knew Don knew his passion for sailing around Australia did not wain. Over more than a decade, Don had circumnavigated Australia almost twice in ASPRO II, an Australian Registered Ship, LOA 6.50m. At every port or anchorage Don found a warm and welcoming cruising community. Known for being ‘cantankerous’, he was kind at heart and willing to help if physically able. He found great friends in such places as the Kimberleys, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Port Fairy, Hobart, Kettering, the Whitsundays, Townsville, Gove and Darwin, amongst others.

RSAYS Squadron Quarterly Summer 2013  

The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron's fantastic club magazine "Squadron Quarterly". Featuring a great wrap up of the club activities...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you