Frank Dye Saga*
tale of Icelandic or Norwegian heroes)
During the month of
Frank spent the time sailing/rowing on the Rideau Canal, and did some
in Ottawa. Some Ottawa Wayfarers had a chance to meet with Frank and
to know him a wee bit. I’m going to write this, as Frank might have,
the ship’s log method.
Ottawa: Friday 3
Receive call from Bob Thompson, W7346. He says he met a little
chap in a Wayfarer at Chaffey’s Locks on the Rideau Canal. The boat was
flying the British ensign from the stern. It was Frank Dye and he was
Sun 12 Sept: Starting
at 6 a.m.,
I spent the day looking for Frank on the Rideau Canal system. Drove to
Newboro, north of Chaffey’s Locks, and worked up the system: Portland,
Rideau Ferry and then Poonamalie. Frank had not reached Poonamalie
so I went back to Rideau Ferry Locks. The lockmaster there had seen
and said he had left two or three days back. The lockmaster suggested
he call the lockmaster at Beveridges Locks on a spur off the Rideau
leading to the town of Perth. Yes, they had had Frank with them for 3
but he had left around 11 a.m. that morning and was headed for
Sun 12 Sept (continued):
now around 2 in the afternoon. I’m back at Poon but Frank is not in
I go for a walk along the banks of the canal and suddenly, there, above
the treetops, is the familiar W panel of the Wayfarer. I’ve found
We spend the rest of the afternoon chatting. Frank says he’ll stay
at Poon and continue up the canal tomorrow.
Tues 14 Sept: Smiths
I meet Frank at 8 a.m. as previously agreed. There sits Wanderer
all by herself looking lonely in the rain. We plan to spend the day
for winter storage for Wanderer. It isn’t as simple as just
storage. The Canadian Customs requirement is that a foreign registered
boat may be left in Canada for repairs only. Frank had to produce a
order for work to be done by the boatyard storing his boat.Frank
settled on Aylings boatyard at Merrickville on the canal system. The
of the yard produced the necessary paper work for Canada Customs. We
this by going to Smiths Falls for an ice cream cone.
Frank Dye in Wanderer
Poonamalie Locks, Rideau Canal, Sunday, Sept. 12th
Frank rows Wanderer
the Poonamalie Locks
That evening, I phoned Brian
and told him where Frank and Wanderer could be located.
The next portion of
is based on Brian’s narrative:
Fri 17 Sept: I met
Frank at Aylings boatyard in Merrickville. We had a great afternoon
had lunch and found an ice cream parlour in town. We arranged for Frank
to sail to Kars’ Long Island Marina by Sunday. (Brian lives in Kars
Sun 19 Sept: Frank
day with us in Kars. Daughter, Kelly Ann, thinks Frank is great fun.
have lots to talk about and in the village, have time for some ice
Mon 20 Sept: Frank
Long Island Marina and sails up the canal to the village of Manotick.
Tues 21 Sept: Black
Kelly Ann and I meet Frank and we drive to Ottawa to find a Canadian
Office. Frank receives his permit to leave and repair Wanderer
Merrickville over the winter/spring season. Then we drop Frank off at
Rapids for the night.
Wed 22 Sept: I go to
rapids, and Frank and I sail Wanderer up the canal to Ottawa.
go right through the system to the locks that pass you to the Ottawa
We tie up on the east side of the canal at the Westin Hotel for lunch.
We are greeted from the other side of the canal by Janet Foster, the
Commodore of the Lac Deschênes SC. She is having lunch at the
Arts Centre restaurant. She wonders what Brian is doing in a Wayfarer
this part of the city.
Thurs 23 Sept: Frank
sailed Wanderer back down the canal to the Hartwell Locks near
University. From here, he plans to visit some friends in Ottawa.
Frank and Bill get
the following Sunday:
Sun 26 Sept: I pick
up at Hartwell Locks. We have a busy day planned. First we go home for
breakfast and then it’s off to church. Just before the service starts,
Brian McCleery joins us. After lunch, we all go to the Lac
1999, Lac Deschênes
Sailing Club:(left to right) Robin Allardyce (W6071), Frank
Dye, Bill Fyfe (W937), Brian McCleery (W828), Frank Goulay (Wayfarer
||At LDSC, we rig Walrus
note: Bill’s beautifully rebuilt W937, the 1999 Wayfarer Ontario
and go for a sail. It’s a sunny day – wind 8-10 knots. I’m at the
with Frank as my crew. Wanting to show off, I suggest we fly the
Frank says he doesn’t know about spinnakers, so we switch positions and
up goes the spinny.
Frank handled the tiller
and then exclaimed that he didn’t realize how simple it was to work the
spinnaker. After we came ashore, Frank pointed out that he had never
with a spinnaker before!
Later, we drove back to
Locks as Frank says he prefers to stay on his boat.
Dye helps to
rig Walrus (W937)
Frank Dye waits
for Bill Fyfe
prior to sail on Lac
is about to board W937 - note the spiffy sailing costume!
|Mon 27 Sept:
Dows Lake. 7
a.m. Brian McCleery, Frank Goulay and I meet Frank at the docks in
to load Wanderer on my trailer. When this is done, we’re off to
Merrickville to put Wanderer up in winter storage at Aylings’.
the boat is cleaned and emptied of all the cruising gear, I’m off back
to Ottawa while Frank stays overnight in Kars with Brian.
Dye and Frank Goulay at Dows Lake on Monday, September 27th.
Tying down Wanderer
trip back to Merrickville
note the evidence of a
clean-up before winter storage after a summer of cruising
gets her bottom cleaned by Frank Dye and Brian McCleery
Tues 28 Sept: Brian
back to Ottawa and he and Frank enjoy one of Dorothy’s (ed. note:
wife) delicious dinners. Brian says good-bye to Frank who stays
with the Fyfes.
Wed 29 Sept: Dorothy
had planned to go to Toronto for a visit so it was convenient for Frank
to travel with us in order to get his flight back home from Toronto. At
about 1:30 p.m., we drop Frank off at George Blanchard’s house in
Thurs 30 Sept: I
have no idea
how George and Frank spent the day – but they did. (ed. note:
took Frank and Uncle Al to lunch at the
Boulevard Club.) Frank
his plane at 7 p.m. for his flight back to England.
The period of 8-10
gamming, working and sailing with Frank Dye was an interesting
I still don’t know what makes the man ‘tick’. However, he is fun to be
with, has a definite sense of humour, he loves his ice cream, and the
is part of him. And by the way, he doesn’t think he has an English