Merlin, the long missing (and more famous) sister to my Aimee Leone, has been located. And even better, she is back in the care of the family that bought her from Dr. Andrews and took her to Australia. She is suffering from recent neglect, but is reportedly structurally sound, and will undergo a "fairly major restoration."
Those of you who've been around here for a while might remember my attempts to locate Merlin's owner here: http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14435 Thanks for everyone's help, but at the time it was unsuccessful. Earlier this year, however, I was contacted by Hugh Counsell, son of the man who took her to Australia. I passed on to him every bit of information or clue I had. After much detective work, chasing down of false leads, and just searching through boat yards, he found her in a field north of Brisbane.
She has been trucked to Victoria, where she will receive a new deck, and lots of TLC.
My original reason for locating Merlin is now moot, but I feel like two long lost siblings have been reunited. The WoodenBoat forum, and also the Classic Boat forum in England, can take a bit of credit for that. Hugh and I have been sharing photos and information, the internet can be a wonderful thing.
Merlin, circa 1935:
Merlin, on Dr. Andrews' world cruise, early '70s:
Merlin, as found:
Merlin, delivered to Victoria: