The Sea Fox

19 Jan

sea fox

Dear fellow Flynn fans,

I came across a funny Aussie anecdote loosely attached to our Hollywood hero.

In July of 1959 a seasoned schooner by the name of “Sea Fox” got lost in the Timor Sea. She had sailed from Darwin and was reported missing a few days later. On board were magician John Calvert, female singer Pilita and monkey Jimmy of Tarzan film fame.
When brought in by the Australian Navy she at least had not sunk, but bunked at a sand bank. Soon rumours made the rounds that Errol Flynn had stranded his yacht.

The combination of a charismatic moustacheod yachtsman accompanied by an exotic woman plus a monkey actor in tow seemingly always equalled Fynn in Down Under. Hear more here:…

— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    January 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    a pseudoflynntastic phind, abracadabraheinz! sleightly great and very handy.

    This guy Calvert was something indeed. Easy to see how the story got started, him with his pencil-thin and all those magical In like John babes he travelled with:


    Regarding the Henry Ford angle, he did work on a Great Lakes yacht when he was young, but not sure that ever made it Down Under, unless it went down under Lake Michigan.

    P.S. Is that an “F” as his logo, maybe even followed by a surreptitious quasi-oriental ‘u’!?! he’s looking a little like a young George Hamilton in this great photo.

    • shangheinz

      January 20, 2017 at 10:28 am


      That Calvert Guy had Flynn down to a F. The looks, the babes and the sails- NOT!

  2. shangheinz

    January 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm


    That is one sea foxy lady.

    • shangheinz

      January 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm


      I can see a little Zaca there.

  3. shangheinz

    February 3, 2018 at 10:08 am


    Here a rare shot of the two wiz guys. I wonder if Magical JC commented on Errol in his autobiography ” Magic and adventures around the world” by William V. Rauscher.

  4. Gentleman Tim

    February 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Great find, sleightofheinz! Flynn and Calvert – sounds like a whiskey ad.

    This guy really was a world class character.

    “He cites his most memorable times during the period as when he directed Paul Newman in his first film, starring opposite John Carradine in his last film and all the good times cohosting parties with his next door neighbor, Errol Flynn.”……

  5. Gentleman Tim

    February 5, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Let’s not forget his good-looking, sweet-singing, ship-jumping Filipina girlfriend, Pilita!…