M/V Lady Eula, named after Capt. Ernest Dean of Sandy Point Abaco’s wife.
Source: “Island Captain, The Autobiography of Mail Boat Captain Ernest Dean of Sandy Point, Abaco, Bahamas,” with Gary W. Woodcock, White Sound Press, Decatur Illinois, 1997 p.108
MAILBOAT NAME: M/V Lady Eula
Captain Ernest Dean wrote: “I very much liked the look of the Nay Dean so I ordered a boat just like her. Since I didn’t have the money for another steel boat, this one was to be constructed of wood. I named her the Lady Eula for my wife. I think she was the prettiest boat I ever owned.”
I… put my son John as captain of the Lady Eula. His mate was the same Stanford Curry, who later died. We made regular tuns to Kemps Bay on Andros, to Bennetts Harbour on Cat Island, and to Freeport, but all without contract. We were paid by the trip. I didn’t care at all for this arrangement. Both john and I made several attempts in Nassau to straighten it out but neither one of us had much luck getting anywhere. This was a time of a lot of political maneuvering in the Bahamas… When I complained to the government I was told they wanted to give everyone a chance to share in the building of the new Bahamas….. the people of Cat Island said they should have their own mailboat run by their own people. …I reminded the government that I had bought the Lady Eula at their encouragement with the promises of these mail contracts.
“So, Cat island was told the way the could get their own mailboat was to buy mine, and that’s what eventually happened. I had run her just about two years. Here again is another sad story for the end of a good boat. The Cat island people gave her to an inexperienced captain. From what i was told she was out one night in very bad weather and the captain lost his way. She ran aground on San Salvador where she was pounded by the waves and broke up there on the shore.