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More Addenda & Errata replaced, leaving a half-inch hole for oil to pump out. Rather than return to port, David was able to fashion a temporary plug and resume the trip up the Choptank River to Oxford. There, he turned the Hayruss IV over to Johnson and they took her out for a sea trial. Returning up the Tred Avon on that gray fall day, in a slick calm, they passed a group of watermen oystering off Oxford Town Point. Watermen who are intent on their work usually don’t stop what they’re doing when a vessel passes by. This time they did, for they recognized her instantly. All paused to watch while Hayruss IV slid silently by like a ghost. Johnson still remembers the strange sensation he felt nearly 40 years ago. Johnson soon made contact with a Chicago steel industry executive named Myron Hokin. He was presi-

dent of the Century Steel Corporation and a trustee of Columbia College, where the Hokin Hall Student Center is named for him. He also was a minority stockholder in the Chicago White Sox. Myron and his wife, Bernice, also were avid yachters and enjoyed cruising in the Caribbean. In 1964, while exploring the British Virgin Islands, they anchored in North Sound on the isle of Virgin Gorda. The Sound was remote and quiet, and its natural beaut y so captivated them that the Hokins returned there several times. Upon arrival in the early 1970s, they found that a shorefront pub and five cottages had been built there by Basil Symonette, a pioneer Virgin Island yachtsman. Symonette called his resort the “Bitter End.”

Bernice suggested that it would be nice to have a place of their own there, where they could go ashore for a day or two. They asked Symonette to sell them an acre for a cottage, but he declined, but on their next visit he offered to sell them the whole place. Realizing that the Bitter End would make a perfect family retreat, the Hokins agreed and in 1973 be152

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