Back on November 29, 2012, after a day of working on Empress, I slipped on a wet spot on our epoxy-coated garage floor and fractured my right femur just below the ball. Fortunately, our neighbor of more than 25 years, Dr. Stuart Marshall, an orthopedic surgeon, was home from the hospital early that day and diagnosed my injury as I lay in the garage and ordered an operating room and the necessary repair hardware. Dr. Marshall did the repair surgery on December 1, and I now am recuperating at home with the aid of a hospital bed, a wheel chair, a walker, an excellent rehabilitation therapist and loving care by Marcellite. The X-rays below show the fracture before the repair and the detail of the repair hardware.
John Penhune's Fractured Right Femur
Dr. Stuart Marshall's Repair of John Penhune's Right Femur
Thanks to Dr. Marshall's excellent repair surgery and to Ashlee Denaro, the outstanding physical therapist he recommended, I now am ambulating well using a walker and Marcellite is able to take me for outings in the cars to restaurants and Costco, and to view Empress from the marina parking lot.
Photo is a sister ship on a sea trial. As built, Empress is a 65-foot, flush-deck, 74-ton motor yacht designed by Jack Hargrave. In her current configuration, she is 70 feet overall. The hull was built by the Halmatic yard in the Northam area of Southampton, England, and she was completed at the Richardson Boats yard in Meaford on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. The original name of the yacht was San-Su-Cher III and she is Hargrave Design number 6404. Jack Hargrave intended the design to be the basis of a new line of yachts, but economic conditions and fuel prices in the mid 1970s stopped this project from going forward. The yacht got from Meaford to the West Coast of the US on her own bottom throught the Panama Canal. The current name Empress is after Queen Victoria who also was Empress of India. Former owners liked to tie up in front of the Empress hotel in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. Empress currently is owned by John and Marcellite Penhune and is operated by the Penhunes and their extended family. The Penhunes also enjoyed the San Juan Islands, Victoria, the Empress Hotel, and Butchart Gardens while cruising aboard a 45-foot Sea Ranger trawler, Allons-y!