In 2010 we got caught up in the story of the Phoenix of Hiroshima, a historic pacifist boat that vanished in the Delta.
We followed the story as the Phoenix was located – sunk off Tyler Island — and changed owners to a member of the original owners’ family, Dr. Naomi Reynolds of Oakdale. Reynolds vowed to raise it. So far she has not raised the money.
Now a man in La Paz, Mexico says he’s got lots of the Phoenix’s fittings, and he’d like to find them a home.
Tomas Daly, father of Stockton attorney Kristine Eagle, and a former owner of the Phoenix, says he’s 72 ad would like to get the Phoenix artifacts back to the family or a museum.
That prompted the original owner’s daughter, Jessica Renshaw to ask in an e-mail blast, ”Can you suggest an appropriate place to store and display Phoenix artifacts?”
The Phoenix is supposedly revered in pacifist circles. But all anyone has done so far is pay lip service to the idea of raising the boat, restoring it and finding it a museum. I expect it will remain sunken off Tyler Island for years to come.