In the early 1970′s, father-son team William & Ray Curtain ran a small shipping company, purchasing a larger vessel to add to their tiny fleet – The Edwina May. They moored her in shallow waters off Tooradin next to the Airfeild, where they worked on restoring her and added a 6m section to her hull. However Christmas Day 1974 saw the Ray (The son) stationed in Darwin, as Cyclone Tracy hit, alone on the boat he was captaining, Ray attempted to battle the storm, but both he and the ship were lost at sea, with the wreck only being found in May 2004.
The boat they both worked on never was finished, William Curtain never returned to his project with his son since his son’s death. The ship still lies there in the shallows, water lapping at it, rust eating slowly towards it’s inevitable complete decay as the sea reclaims it.