M/V William Sayle, built in Harbour Island for Sir Roland T. Symonette in 1944 as a merchant vessel

MAILBOAT NAME: M/V William Sayle
PAST NAMES: not known 
DIMENSIONS: official # 174313
BUILDER: Earl and Gerald Johnson, Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, Eleuthera
EARLY CAREER: not known
BAHAMAS CAREER: believed to have served Sir Roland T. Symonette’s large commercial interests in Nassau and beyond, but not known specifically to have carried the mails under subsidy
CAPTAINS: not known
FATE: not known but no longer listed after 1940 as being registered in the Bahamas.
OWNERS: Sir Roland T. Symonette, owner of, among other industrial concerns, a shipyard in Nassau
NOTES: Named for the leader of the Eleutherian Adventurers who left Bermuda in the 1600s and landed at Preacher’s Caves North Eleuthera before moving down to the Governor’s Harbor area.  

Source: “Harbour Island Story,” by Anne & Jim Lawlor, Macmillan Caribbean, 2008, p.152