My name is David Hunter, I'm a Thetis Island raised young lad, and like yourself, I have a thirst for sailing and the ocean . Being the son of a man who's dream it is to collect old junk merely for entertainment, it is not unusual for me to go home on a weekend, (I live in Vancouver now) and discover that my father has acquired yet another "piece of art" that my mother firmly believes is to torment her.
The "Rainbow Warrior" is actually called "Glencoe". I don't know where the Greenpeace deal is from, but after dad secured this hulk for $100.00 (the sign did say cheap!!), and after the research he completed, he learned the this mighty hunk of scrap was commissioned in 1978 and was used as a fishing vessel in the Bering sea and various other parts of the world. As you can see by the pictures, and only being 23 years old, she's had a rough life, it's not hard to believe the hard weather and neglect she has seen.
Also, dad discovered drawers full of voyage logs, engine logs, weather logs, charts, and engine specs, the whole shootin' match! As it turns out, on the way in from a 2 week fishing trip, the mighty Lister Blackstone which once propelled the "Glencoe" spun a main bearing, and was set under tow to her final destination as an open water fishing vessel.
How she ended up in that little indentation along the shoreline, near Brentwood bay, I'm not exactly sure. But I know that my father spotted it on his way to some pub hop destination in amongst a number of other boats. When dad got this thing, he discovered the main engine had been removed through a large hole cut in the side of the hull. It took a while for us to determine this, as there were no logs recording how is was removed. The tell tale signs of cutting and welding in the hull kinda gave it away. Most things on board were still fully functional, the generator was a Detroit Diesel 8V92, which (to my amazement) would still operate things like the bilge pumps (thank God) Hydraulic pumps and motors (which allowed us to pull the anchor and start the fish grinder on the processing deck) and all the lights. I even got the steering system figured out, this defiantly worked to our advantage as we found the hulk with the rudder hard to port. It would have been entertaining, but a difficult tow at that!
I work as a heavy duty mechanic, so figuring this out came naturally. Also, my father is a marine engineer, so he dealt with the electrical side of things.
The "Glencoe" sat anchored on the west side of Thetis Island, for a little over a year. We discovered in time that she had been used for a grow operation; my sister Darlene stumbled across a door that technically should not have been there. Her and dad found 2 -8000watt grow lights and a home made irrigation system, which dad took great pleasure in pointing out how the "fools who built this stuff" could have done a far better job! We all got a kick out of that one.
After much "persuasion" from my mother, who's not really partial to boats, or anything else that does not allow her to have her feet planted firmly on the ground for that matter, dad sold the "Glencoe" to a fellow who was to take her and turn her into accommodation for a crew of loggers up the coast somewhere. Last I saw her she was sitting in Ladysmith Harbour with alot of unnecessary scrap metal cut off, and she was sporting a fresh coat of paint. She actually didn't look too bad. It will be interesting to find out what evetually becomes of her.
Well I must run, I'm in between coats of sealer on the rudder of a friends 26 foot sloop "Opportunity". Have good day, I hope this little story brings closure to any questions you may have had about "Glencoe".