ROYDEN, Sarah Stitt

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ROYDEN, Sarah Stitt (1882-1941), born in Northern Ireland, she drowned when she fell off their yacht, Orabelle at the east end of Santa Catalina Island on August 27, 1941. Her husband, Wilbur H. Royden (1870-1957) was captain. She is buried at Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Ca. She was 58 years old.

In the News~

August 28, 1941 [San Pedro News Pilot]: “Harbor Master J. C. Wegman at Avalon today said Mrs. W. H. Royden, about 70 [58], fell last night off the yawl Orabelle at the east end of Catalina Island and was drowned. Wegman said the elderly husband piloting the yawl from Crescent City to Newport, recovered the body and this morning managed to signal passing boatmen and asked for a tow. The Fish and Game patrol boat this forenoon, Wegman said, towed the Orabelle to port.”

August 30, 1941 [Klamath News]: “Death breaks up farewell cruise. Newport, Calif., Aug. 29—Death has interrupted the farewell cruise of the 48-foot schooner-rigged yacht Orabelle, for many years the home of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Royden of Crescent City. The little boat was towed into Newport harbor yesterday, two days after the Roydens set sail for Crescent City, with the body of Mrs. Royden aboard. Royden, 71, and crippled with arthritis, told the crew members of the state fish and game commission boat Marlin, which responded to his distress signals off Catalina Island yesterday, that Mrs. Royden, 58, had drowned the day before. Royden said he had gone below for a nap when he heard his wife scream. By the time he reached the deck she was in the water 300 yards astern. He jumped in after her. Finding his efforts to reach her were fruitless, he returned to the yacht and brought it about, but when he came up with his wife she had drowned.”