Firefighters search for historic sailboat’s original owner
OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A sailboat built in the late 50s has found its way to the Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue. Now firefighters are trying to find the owners of the historic boat.
Michael Leonard, Grissettown Longwood firefighter and his fellow firefighters want to find the original owner of the sailboat.
“We were contacted by Ample Storage, who had the boat in storage. The previous owners didn’t pay their fees so it was donated to us for training,” Leonard said.
But this fire and rescue crew had something else in mind for this boat.
“We didn’t want to destroy it like we do everything else,” Leonard said.
He says after checking the plate attached to the boat, which says it was one of 25 made in Sweden in 1956, they did a little research online.
“We googled the name, the sailboat’s name is Tresca. It came up to a sail boat forum, where a man is looking for it. His grandfather was a previous owner. So that’s who we are looking for. We are trying to find him,” Leonard said.
Leonard says they believe the Swedish sailboat Tresca mentioned in the forum is in fact the Tresca sailboat they have behind the station.
It’s been about a week since Leonard reached out on the forum, with no response yet. The last post made regarding the lost Tresca was back in 2011.
Leonard says they are hopeful they will get a response.
“I’m sure it has a bunch of memories with his grandfather so it’s a sentimental thing so it would be great to reunite them,” Leonard said.
The boat was donated in early April. If there’s no luck finding the grandson of the original owner, they say they’ll use the boat on a haunted trail this fall.