Archive for the ‘Sirocco’ Category


04 May

PER THE IMBd: This biopic depicts Errol’s roust-about early life in Australia, before he became an internationally famed celebrity. In those days he was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The film, based on Flynn’s early autobiography “Beam Ends,” was written for the screen by Luke Flynn, who found the inspiration as a result of travels through Australia in the footsteps of Luke’s iconic grandfather.


Characters beyond Errol’s days of Beam Ends have been previously mentioned also, including Olivia De Havilland and Michael Curtiz. See, for example this previous IMBd cast of characters:…

And a possible “former wife” featured in this new article:…

Starring Thomas Cocquerel & Isabel Lucas

— Gentleman Tim


Swordfishing on the Sirocco

10 Feb

Featuring Howard Hill and Ronald Reagan

“Swordfishing is not for the timid. This magnificent creature that lives 30 years
and can reach 1,200 lbs at 14 feet long lurks in the deep waters of the Gulf Stream
offering lucky anglers a brutal fight and trophy size fish. And they are excellent eating.
Once hooked this aggressive Billfish are known to shoot straight out of the water from
a depth of 500 feet in an instant then dive straight back down to the same depth offering
one of the most exciting catches of your life. The Swordfish is one of the fastest swimmers
— 60 mph sprints are very common.”

— Gentleman Tim


Flynn Gets Out of Dodge

28 Sep

A Week in the Life of Errol Flynn, September 1938


Los Angeles Evening Herald Express
Harrison Carrol Reporting

September 21, 1938

“Unless Errol Flynn has another brainstorm between now and then, he’ll play host on a three-week yachting trip to fellow players in Dawn Patrol. The party on the Sirocco will include Donald Crisp, Edmund Goulding, David Niven and Michael Brook (the Earl of Warwick). Basil Rathbone was invited, but chose a New York trip instead.”


September 27, 1938

“It’s no wonder, doctors say, that Errol Flynn was knocked flat on his back by flue. Though ill on his boat at Catalina, the star insisted on going fishing in a dinghy with David Niven and Donald Crisp. Then, on top of this, he fell overboard. Niven, trying to pull Flynn back, capsized the dinghy and the three actors were floundering in the water for 15 minutes. When they finally got back to the yacht, Flynn was so sick that they had to fly him to the mainland.”


September 27, 1938

“Still dangerously ill, Errol Flynn, motion picture actor, rallied sufficiently today to permit of his being transferred from his Beverly Hills home to the Good Samaritan Hospital.

The change was made under the direction of his physician Dr. T.M. Hearn. Dr. Hearn said that the actor needed care and attention more readily available at the hospital.

Flynn is suffering from influenza, complicated by an infection of the throat and respiratory organs and a recurrence of malarial fever, which he contracted five years ago in New Guinea.”

Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles


September 28, 1938 Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Errol Flynn, film actor, suffering from influenza and a streptococcic throat infection, was removed to a hospital today. His physician, Dr. T.M. Hearn, said the removal was “a precautionary measure.” Dr. Hearn also announced that the throat specialist, Dr. Voyle James, had been called into consultation. Flynn, after showing improvement yesterday, turned worse last night. His temperature went to 103.5 degrees, later dropping to 102. Dr. Hearn expressed concern over the possible development of pneumonia. Flynn’s illness was contracted when he fell overboard from a fishing boat near Santa Catalina Island.”


September 27, 1938

“The Warners are reported dickering for Ronald Coleman to take the leading role of the Englishman in Dodge City, now that Errol Flynn is out of the running. The Sea Hawk is scheduled as Flynn’s next.”


September 28, 1938

“An uncomfortable night, and a crisis expected within 24 hours.

This was the report on the condition of Errol Flynn, film actor, who was confined to Good Samaritan Hospital with influenza and streptococci infection of the throat.

Flynn was removed to the hospital yesterday on the orders of Dr. T.M. Hearns.

Dr. Doyle James, throat specialist, was called in consultation by Dr. Hearn, in an attempt to solve the mystery of the streptococci and the continued high fever which is now 102 degrees.”


September 29, 1938

“Cary Grant is being considered for the leading role of Dodge City now that Ronald Coleman and Errol Flynn have been eliminated.”

— Gentleman Tim


A Week in the Life of Flynn — First Week of July, 1938

06 Jul

Errol Flynn Tells Me —

That his next globe trotting escapade will be a trip to the Galapagos Islands, which William Beebe has called the “World’s End.”

“In the fall, immediately upon the completion of whatever picture Warner Brothers have in mind for me after The Sisters, I’m going to take two months off for the cruise.

“In Palm Beach, Fla., I met T.O.M. Sopwith, the English sportsman and yachtsman. He had just returned from a cruise to the Galapagos, and his tall tales of the gigantic tortoises, tuna, marlin, and sailfish were most unbelievable.

“Another acquaintance I met in Florida who had just visited the Islands was William B. Leeds, and he averred that undoubtedly thay are the most mysterious and fascinating groups of islands to be found anywhere in the world.

“Of course my real inspiration is my new 75-foot sailboat, the Sirocco, which I recently purchased in Boston. It left Panama about a week ago and should now be approaching Cape San Lucas at the tip of Lower California. For after all with a yacht like that, one simply must go somewhere, mustn’t one?”

Ella Wickersham – Hollywood Parade – July 4, 1938

William leeds jr

High Society Adventurer William Leeds’ Moana

Billy Leeds Moana

Sportsman, Aviation Genius and Adventurer T.O.M. Sopwith in his Bi-Plane

T O M Sopwith

Naturalist and Adventurer William Beebe with his Bathysphere

William Beebe bathysphere

Galapagos Worlds End

— Gentleman Tim


Travelin’ Again to Avalon

18 Jun

For the Grand Opening of the new Catalina Island Museum!…




— Gentleman Tim


Young Errol in Peril

27 May

The Arrow: September 9, 1932

Flynn 1932

The Advocate: February 17, 1930


The Mercury: March 13, 1930


The Sydney Morning Herald: December 12, 1930


— Gentleman Tim


The Federal Grinch Who Stole Sirocco — (Almost)

27 Dec

Chicago Tribune, Christmas Week, 1937……


Hollywood, Cal., Dec. 26.– [Special] –

Errol Flynn, screen star, may lose his
trim sailing yacht, Sirocco, because he
is a native of Australia and an alien.

The Sirocco, which Flynn purchased in
Boston last March for $23,000, is well
over sixty feet in length and is listed
at thirty-one cross tons, which is well
over the size which, under a federal statute,
an alien is permitted to own in this country.

“Although Errol has his intention to
become an American citizen, it doesn’t
alter his position,” said his attorney,
O. R. Cummins. “He made an honest
mistake and is willing to abide by
whatever action the government takes.”

A guard for the United States marshal
has taken possession of the Sirocco
at its anchorage in the west basin at San Pedro harbor.

The government will start legal proceedings this week.


— Gentleman Tim


Celebration of Errol on Coronado

17 Dec

Only a Month Away!





Renowned movie critic, author and television personality Leonard Maltin joins the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) in invting filmmakers everywhere, from aspiring student to respected pro, to experience Coronado’s legendary hospitality for one long holiday weekend in the historic seaside village of Coronado, California, where makers and lovers of film have gathered for more than a century.

Dive Bomber

Dive Bomber, the 1941 classic starring the dashing Errol Flynn as a young Naval aviator. Filmed in Coronado, with scenes of the Hotel Del and North Island, this film is a reminder of how exciting filmmaking was, even in the pre-digital age. The film will be introduced by Errol Flynn’s daughter, Rory Flynn, and his grandson, actor Sean Flynn, followed by a Q and A.

Plus, a Special Tribute to Errol’s Fascinating History on Coronado.


— Gentleman Tim


The Sirocco Calls In

05 Dec

Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, Qld. June 18, 1930



The Sirocco Calls In.



Charlie Burt Autograph, 1-90~2

Long, narrow-waisted, black-hulled,with towering stick scowing above the wharf decking, but bearing little signs of the buffeting she has received on her voyage, the Sirocco, late of Royal Sydney Yacht Club, now bound for New Guinea and the beche de mer and trochus shell, nine days up from Sydney, lies at the old town wharf.

Fifty years old, but as staunch as the day she slipped into the water for the first time at the Circular Quay slips, the Sirocco will know a different atmosphere now from the one she has been accustomed to so long. Her youthful crew know where they are going. First there is Captain Errol Flynn, late Cambridge undergrad, now planter on a lonely island 40 miles from mysterious Madang, the island of the “White Kanakas,” where he dispenses high and low justice to his 40 odd natives and bears his share of the white man’s burden.

“This is our navigator,” said Captain Errol Flynn, from under his blankets when a “Bulletin” man stepped aboard. “You’ll have to excuse me. Just a touch of malaria. But meet the crew.” Mr. T. Adams, another young Englishman, is the navigator. Close clipped moustache, accent, and physique brand him unmistakably the product of University. Mr. C. Burt, another member of the crew, is also an Englishman, and Australia is represented by Mr. Rex Long-Innes, son of Judge Long-Innes, who is going forth with the others to seek his fortune in the South Seas.

When they talked it was mostly about their argosy.

‘”She’s old, but she’s good,” says the skipper, with pride in his voice, and he told the “Bulletin” man how she logged 14 for three hours in a howling south-easter that piled them up in Coff’s Harbour with a foot of water in the cabin.

“Forty-four feet over all, with a Swedish oil engine, we’re not worrying about the weather,” they add. Already they have had their share of adventure on the trip. They made their names and took their baptismswhen they crossed the bars in northern New South Wales in howling gales. They went ashore in Great Sandy Straits, and had more than their share of rough weather but builders builded well 50 years ago, and lean-waisted as she is the Sirocco has ten tons of lead under her keel.

In the cabin, where the captain lies with malaria, where the “crew” sit round in shorts, and where two business-like rifles are fast in clips above the bunks, one might have thought yesterday that the Sirocco had reached to sea to seek their fortunes.…

— Gentleman Tim