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Re: Looking for my Grandfathers boat
Nice looking boat, I hope you find it. Is there a Canadian equivalent of the US Coast Guard Registry. I've searched a few boats on there, and there is a lot of cool information. There are listings of boats by name and often name changes are listed along with a trail of all the sales and list of owners. Sometimes boats get lost from the registry when a boat changes hands and a new owner fails to register it, or it is taken out of service or sunk, salvaged or abandoned in a yard. But if there is such a registry, you could get lucky.
When you say that, it was last seen in Esquimalt, British Columbia, does that mean that it was just seen there, or was that it's home port for awhile? If so, there could be some old timers there, a marina owner, diesel mechanic, rigging company owner or sail maker who worked on the Sola Gratia and might know who bought it next. If you don't live too far from there, it might be worth a trip to show the photos around. You might find some old salt sitting in a local cafe or bar who would recognize it and remember it. It's a fairly unique boat.
There are also some wood boat collectors' organizations. There is one in Vancouver, and one in Seattle, where people might know about it. Old wood boat collectors have a way of connecting and have a lot of informal networks. They tend to walk the docks at marinas and ports and notice one-of-a-kind wood collector boats and make note of them.