Captain Doug loved his Grandpa with all his heart, and would do just about anything to spend time with him. Doug started helping his Grandpa with charters at age 12, and knew early on that one day he would continue his legacy with Prince Charters.
Reverend Gilbert Prince, was the longest running pastor at St. James’ Episcopal Church in South Pasadena from 1952 to 1972. He then moved to St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach working part-time well beyond his retirement in 1973. He and his wife, Ellen, raised 7 children to be familiar with the sea, and he was a senior member of Los Angeles Yacht Club.
As a young man he built boats and always had a boat of some kind. He was not a wealthy man by any means and traded a small piece of land for his first large boat. As a skilled sailor he had no trouble handling his 34’ Easterling by himself and participated in many Ensenada races. The Easterling was his 5th boat. Prior to purchasing the Easterling, it had been around the world and was close to sinking when crushed between two whales in the South Pacific. The largest vessel Grandpa Prince owned was a German vessel that sank off Baja California…after he had sold it.
Reverend Prince, along with other clergy, and then Governor Reagan were instrumental in changing 1927 laws that prohibited survivors from recovering the ashes of cremated relatives from morticians for personal disposition. It was an honor for him to combine his ministry with his love for the sea.
Upon retiring continued his boating lifestyle by offering local charters, marriages at sea, honeymoon cruises, retreats and, of course, scattering of ashes at sea. Grandpa Prince also took 100’s of youth to Catalina Island every summer.