Lord Nelson III – 90′ converted Admirals Yacht
Lord Nelson III was a another flagship wood boat restoration completed at Commodore’s Boats over an eight month time frame.
History of the Lord Nelson III
To say that the history of the Lord Nelson is is cloudy would be an understatement however here is this writers best account based on research on the internet and with interviewing the current owner Dave Dawson.
Dave believes the vessel was built in 1942 and is stamped to this day with the boatbuilder being Milwaukee Shipbuilding Corp. Built as a 81′ Admirals yacht this boat was almost immediately converted over to a pleasure craft.
Tenora II was purchased by Max Wyman a Seattle businessman best known as active in the lumber business with the Max A. Wyman Lumber Co. amongst many other business ventures. The vessel was extended to 90′ and and ultimately sold to current owner Dave Dawson of Richmond BC, Canada. Dave ultimately renamed this classic beauty in the late 1970’s to Lord Nelson III.
Dave Wyman also was well known for owning the 136-foot yacht Wild Goose II. In 1962 Wyman sold the Wild Goose, a converted minesweeper, to actor John Wayne. Wayne continued to moor the boat in the Northwest as well in Newport California. The Lord Nelson III and the Wild Goose II tended to explore and travel and entertained in the same circles for many years until John Wayne’s death in 1979.
The Lord Nelson III was brought to Commodore’s Boats in 2013 for an extensive overhaul and restoration. The project lasted 8 months. Currently The Lord Nelson III can be seen regularly cruising the Pacific Ocean and made a visit to Shelter Island recently for her annual maintenance.
Interview with owner Dave Dawson performed via telephone on May 25, 2016. Thanks to Dave for his time once again.