Part of the Acorn Archive
Hearts of Oak
Athel Line Ships
A Memorial Stone
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum of Hope Town, Abaco, The Bahamas
This stone monument is on the dune overlooking the reef and Atlantic Ocean
where many souls have been lost over the years.
The first bronze plaque on the monument memorializes
the 3 men that were lost on the reef from one of the
Athelqueen lifeboats around midnight on 17 March 1942.
Harold Jones, 21yrs, Able Seaman, of Ferry House, Brynsiencyn,
Anglesey; Son of William and Mary E. Jones, of Conwy, Caernarvonshire.
William Proctor, 30yrs, Senior Third Engineer Officer, Wigan of 53, Mosside
Road, Cadishead, Manchester; Husband of Nellie Proctor of Cadishead, Lancashire.
David W Firth, 52yrs, Greaser of Beverley, North Dalton, Driffield, Yorks;
Son of Edward and Sarah Firth.
A survivor from the M/V ATHELQUEEN, Alan Heald who was
the 3rd Radio officer and only 19 at the time, wrote an article for the
Museum in Hope Town, Abaco relating the events of the sinking, the lifeboat
voyage, the loss of the 3 men on the Elbow Reef and the ensuing contact with
the folks from the village. He later talks about his repatriation to the UK
via Nassau, Bahamas.
It is hoped that this will be added to these pages shortly.
I am currently attempting to find any living relatives of the three men.
The damaged Tazzoli, underway.
Photographs kindly provided by Tony Bennett
of the Museumof Hope Town