Yacht Content S., Percianna II, inter-island mailboat Bahamas 1930s to 1940s, rescued O.A. Knudsen & Athelqueen

This is the 110′ yacht Content S. under its original name Percianna II – yes the owners was named Percy. It is part of the Rosenfeld Collection in Mystic, Connecticut and was shared by Earl McMillen of McMillen yachts, a restoration firm in Rhode Island and the Carolinas.

Content was owned by a gentleman from Vermont who kept it in Miami and Palm Beach. But though built in the Densmore yard in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1920, by the mid-1930s it had fallen into disrepair and was taken on a test voyage by Carl Sawyer and his faithful skipper Captain Roland Roberts of Eleuthera. The voyage from Miami to Nassau was satisfactory, and the accommodation for 12 passengers was appealing, so she was changed from US to British flag and put on the run from the northern Bahamas to Miami.

According to “Pappa” Floyd Lowe, patriarch of Green Turtle Cay Abaco as well as Patrick J. Bethel, the vessel was more of a yacht than a cargo carrier and never did particularly well as the latter. Underutilized in Nassau, it was chartered by HRH the Duke of Windsor to sail from Nassau first to Cross Harbor Abaco to rescue survivors of the Norwegian tanker O. A. Knudsen on the 8th of March 1942, then about a week later to Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco, to rescue survivors of the British tanker Athelqueen. She dutifully carried – most likely under the command of Captain Stanley Weatherford, these many passengers on deck to Nassau.

One of them, Alan Heald, still living in Preston, England, was so impressed that he thought they were rescued by the royal yacht Victoria and Albert, which at the time was in the UK.