BOATS LOST IN THE GREAT FIRE OF JUNE 7, 2017
A large plaque was presented to the Fire Station in addition to our donation that year commemorating the boats lost and the tremendous work by the fire fighters of Knysna ( and the NSRI ) that saved countless other boats and their fortunate owners. Precious lives were lost, but many more were saved by the actions of these organizations.
Unfortunate resting place for ‘Typo’, still moored to her floating dock!
This boat hadn’t even been named before she was lost in the fire just months after a complete restoration by Steven Hopper (driver). He had worked in his garage over weekends for four years to finish her. Only her stainless steel cutwater was recovered such was the heat generated by the flames. Owned by a great supporter of the Boatshow, Rudi Stamm (passenger), she was never displayed as a result.
The founder of the ‘Wooden Boatshow’, Jock McConnachie, lost two wooden boats that day along with his ‘Timber Village’ as the fire swept into town.
This boat he referred to as his ‘soul boat’ in a KPH news article. Clemency had a long, beautiful history abruptly ended that day in the first few hours of the blaze.
Scenes like this of total destruction were evident after the fire, along the length of the estuary from Belvidere to Featherbed Bay.