Old Timer (#228070 ) (1928-1966), 75-foot yacht, a vessel of 81 gross tons stranded at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island on January 17, 1966.
In the News~
January 18, 1966 [San Bernardino Sun]: “Youth Group's Yacht Beached. Avalon, Santa Catalina Island — Eight-foot swells finally beached yesterday an evangelistic youth group's 75-foot chartered yacht, Old Timer, that defied a shattering nor'easter while 15 other boats sank early yesterday. "It really demonstrates the power of God," said Jim Foy, 25, Santa Ana, an associate evangelist, after seeing an estimated $250,000 worth of pleasure boats crushed and sunk." "Man can do some pretty good things, but he can't fight nature." The $65,000 Old Timer, which brought 18 Southern California teen-aged boys to this famous resort Saturday for person-to-person evangelism among its youth, was the latest victim of winds that sank 15 sail and power craft, damaged 45 others and shattered 1,000 feet of concrete-and-rock sea wall at this long popular harbor 20 miles off Los Angeles...There was talk that a tug might try to pull the Old Timer back into the harbor at high tide. Schwemmer, aboard during the storm's height, said: "I was so scared I was sick. I had no power and lost my rudder." The Wilmington-based vessel, owned by Harry C. Jenkins, a Palos Verdes Peninsula real estate dealer, was chartered by Accent Crusade, an interdenominational youth group in North Long Beach. "Every so often we sponsor a leadership cruise like this one," said Foy. "We have Bible classes on the way over, then go ashore to talk to other kids about Jesus Christ and the kind of life He has to offer. "We talked to many. on the streets and anywhere we found them. The reception was excellent; everybody was a friend." Earlier Saturday they had gone skindiving, fishing and mountain-climbing. The 18 youths, housed ashore during the storm's fury, flew home yesterday. Foy and the skipper stayed behind. Foy's father, Elwood (Mike) Foy, an Escondido truck driver, was cook for the voyage.”