In 1933, radio broadcaster Phillips Lord purchased the schooner ‘Georgette,’ which he renamed as ‘Seth Parker’ after the character he played on his popular radio show, ‘Sunday Evening at Seth Parker’s.’ (The character ‘Seth Parker’ was a clergyman and backwoods philosopher based on his real-life grandfather.) The ship passed through the Panama Canal and sailed to the South Pacific. “For a while the plan worked. Then, mid-way between Samoa and Tahiti, the Seth Parker on Feb 8, 1935, ran into a storm.”
“She radioed for help describing ‘mountainous’ waves breaking over the decks.” The damage to the ship during the typhoons was so great that the radio crew ended any thoughts of further broadcasts aboard the wounded ship. The ship was sold to Chris Holmes and he decided to take the ship to Coconut Island (Moku o Lo‘e in Kāne‘ohe Bay.) She couldn’t sail; but a glance, however, the ship seemed to be moored in a specially-constructed berth and ready at any time to take off again to the open seas.” Today all that is left is a mound of green vegetation where the Seth Parker once was berthed.